Handover Dinner – a Great Success!

It was an historic occasion marking two important events.

The Newbridge Kildare Lions Club held a celebratory meal. It was to mark the occasion of the District Handover to thank the outgoing District Governor Marion Conneely and welcome the new District Governor, Paul Allen, into post.

It was also to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Newbridge Kildare Lions Club receiving its Charter from the International Association of Lions Clubs!

The Handover Dinner was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Keadeen Hotel. The live music from Panache and Highly Strung, the good food, the ambience of the hotel, the happy company of a pride of Lions and the sense of occasion all added up to create a memorable evening for all.

More photos are to come but here are the first pictures from the historic occasion:



2015 – 2016 Achievements

As the Lions look ahead to the next President, Morgan McCabe, and the start of a new charitable year, we take time to look back and review the activities of 2015 – 2016.


Dr Yamada, International Lions President, asked all clubs at the beginning of the year to focus on a number of areas in our local communiites, especially to reach out to children and young people as part of the year’s theme ‘Dignity, Harmony & Humanity’.

Under Paula Keegan (the first female president of Newbridge Kildare Lions Club) a number of events in keeping with commitment to that theme, were delivered with pride!

sensational kids

Paula kicked off the year with organising Lion volunteers to help out at the ‘Sensational Kids’event held at the Japanese Gardens, which proved very successful. So successful that the Lions have agreed to make the Sensational Kids events a part of their annual activities. This September, the event will be held at Palmerstown House – more details will follow nearer the time so watch this space! A huge shout out and Thank You to all Lions who helped make it such a success and will no doubt do the same this year.


Kildare Newbridge Lions linked in with the youth community with a Health Walk on the Curragh. The Lions raised  almost  €8,000 from this event alone. Our thanks to all who helped out and contributed.


Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. For example, it can mean unpleasant text messages or emails or cruel posts and / or embarrassing pictures on social networking sites. Young people need help to develop strategies to prevent cyber-bullying and have the confidence to report it should it still happen.  The Lions took part in helping with this important work.


The Lions updated the Positive Mental Health poster which was launched at the Newbridge JuneFest 2016 at the Garda station. For more information on the schools’ Positive Mental Health Programme click the link below:
Positive Mental Health


This year the Lions were supported by Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu in collecting food and money. We gave out €12,000 over Christmas in hampers and vouchers for people in need in the local area.  A very big Thank You to all involved!


The toy appeal was a great success, as were the fundraising Quiz Night and Christmas Concert.

tree planting

We had a lovely tree planting ceremony at the River Liffey in Newbridge as part of an environmental project. Three beautiful oak trees were planted, attended by charter members Donal Shannon and John McLoughlin.

The Lions also contributed to the Nepal Disaster fund, got the Lions Club signage up at the entrances to Newbridge, is looking forward to the Handover Dinner and fourtieth year celebration and hosting the National Convention of Lions in 2017, at the Keadeen Hotel.


The Lions enjoyed linking up and supporting the Athy Hospice and elderly at the Curragh / Dubai races.Athy Hospice 2

Athy Hospice Curragh

Curragh Race Evening


So how much did we give to the local community this year?

€27,051!! Every cent of it went to the people, families and schools who needed it most. The Lions are a non-profit organisation and ALL Lions are volunteers who give their time and energy for nothing more than the satisfaction of giving a helping hand where it’s needed.

A big Thank You to President Paula Keegan, Morgan McCabe (Secretary) and Jenny Habenicht (Treasurer) for their dedication, drive and delivery over the past year.

Lions Club and Irish Guide Dogs Partnership Launch

Guide Dogs

The Lions Club Ireland was delighted to make a presentation of €34,500 to the Irish Guide Dogs
for the Blind, marking the start of the partnership with the Irish Guide Dogs “Breeding
Diversification Program”.

Together, we want to achieve together a brighter, more confident future through Mobility and Independence for the vision-impaired. To find out more, click on the link below for the full article (pdf):

Lions Club and Irish Guide Dogs Partnership Launch

District Handover and Fortieth Year Celebratory Evening


The Newbridge-Kildare Lions Club invites you to The District Handover to thank the outgoing District Governor Marion Conneely and to welcome the District Governor Elect Paul Allen into post.

It also celebrates 40 years since the Newbridge-Kildare Lions Club received its Charter from the International Association of Lions Clubs.

In addition, five Newbridge Lions will be honoured with  long service Chevrons to recognise their commitment and dedication to the club. Their lengths of service go from 15 to 30 years! What a fantastic achievement.

It promises to be a very special occasion and tickets are selling fast – over 130 places have been sold already so book early to avoid disappointment.

The celebration will take place at the Keadeen Hotel on Saturday July 16th.

keadeen The Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

The evening starts with Summer Punch at 7.30 with the formal meal following at 8.00 pm.

It’s a black tie event in honour of the occasion and costs €50 per person.

Should you wish to book a room at the Keadeen, a single costs €125 and a double, €135. This includes breakfast. You will have to contact the hotel and make the booking arrangements directly with the hotel.

Tel: (045) 431666 / (045) 444100
Fax: (045) 434402
E-mail: info@keadeenhotel.ie

For more information, please contact Lion Rory De Bruir:

Anyone wishing to pay for tickets by Credit Transfer please note the following bank details:

Lions Club International
Bank of Ireland
Co. Kildare

Account Number: 22851578
IBAN: IE23BOFI90126322851578

We hope to see you there for this happy occasion.