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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Civic roar of approval in Wexford for the Lions

By David tucker

Mayor Frank Staples, Lions Club members, councillors and council officials at the civic reception in the Irish National Heritage Park.
Mayor Frank Staples, Lions Club members, councillors and council officials at the civic reception in the Irish National Heritage Park.
Paul Allan, District Governor; Mayor of Wexford Frank Staples; Dan Redmond, Lions Club President; and David Dempsey, former District Governor.

Wexford Lions Club were given a big roar of approvol from the town when they were honoured with a Civic Reception to mark the global Centenary of Lions Clubs and the club's 38 years of service in the town and surrounds of Wexford.

The Club is one of the most active service organisations in the town and during the reception, which included Lions District Governor Paul Allen and other guests, Wexford Mayor Cllr Frank Staples acknowledged the work and dedication of Lions locally, nationally and internationally and congratulated the club members on their fundraising efforts. 'In the past 10 years alone, Wexford Lions Club have raised approximately €434,000, no mean feat considering the economic constrictions our country has suffered in the past decade,' he said.

'Wexford Lions embody an extraordinary, civic minded nature, giving of their time and energy to fulfil the Lions Club motto, "We Serve" '. President of Wexford Lions Club Dan Redmond thanked the mayor and councillors for the honour bestowed on the club. Referring to the many projects undertaken in Wexford, he reminded the gathering that 100 per cent of the money donated is spent on projects. 'The public are most generous when they know the money collected is going to worthwhile causes,' he said. District Governor Paul Allen also thanked the club for their ongoing work and said, 'The fundamental objective of Lions Clubs International is to improve the lives of our fellow man, it is to help people be they here in Wexford, in Napal, in Haiti, or in the Syrian Refugee camps of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan to live their lives with dignity'. He noted that Wexford Lions Club have donated €1,500 to a national project to support the Guides Dogs of Ireland.

The club is gathering memorabilia for a Centenary Celebration Exhibition and would love to hear from groups or individuals who have had involvement with them over the years.

Wexford People

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