Relentlessly and diligently improving our community and wider environment, while never settling for less.

Welcome to Newbridge Kildare Lions Club

 Serving the community since 1976

 Operational/administration costs are paid by members

 100% of donations go to the end-cause

Newbridge Kildare Lions Club is a not-for-profit service organisation consisting of a diverse mix of volunteer members from the local community who strive to make a difference locally, nationally, and in conjunction with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), across the world especially at a time of urgent need and disaster relief.

All positions in our Lions Club are completely voluntary. There are no salaries or expenses whatsoever paid out meaning that every cent of funds donated to Newbridge Kildare Lions Club goes straight to the people, various service projects and organisations requiring our assistance.

We have a membership that reflects our community - a great mixture of gender, ages and life experiences and we certainly believe that we have built the kind of club that others would be interested in joining.

A message from our President
I am very proud to be the President of Newbridge Kildare Lions Club again with effect from July 2023. We have implemented great change in the past couple of years in addition to commencing working in many new areas such as the provision of Gaeltacht Scholarships, a renewable energy project to reduce energy costs for residents of social housing, fundraising for an essential therapy and counselling room known as the Lions Counselling Room located at Newbridge Family Resource Centre and our partnership with The Curragh Racecourse to assist people in the immediate community.

Our Christmas Food Appeal 2023 was the busiest in our 47 year history both for fulfilling vital requests from the public and also for receiving essential donations from members of the public and local businesses and organisations to allow us to fulfil our work. I salute everyone who supported us financially and in so many varied ways.

I also double up as the Environment Officer of our club and we are certainly doing our part to help address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. 

Along with my fellow members we have great aspirations for the year ahead. We look forward to a very productive 2024 with ambitious plans for service projects and new areas of involvement. We will never cease working hard to enhance our community for everyone.

Seamus Kilmartin
President 
Newbridge Kildare Lions Club 
Email: seamus@nklionsclub.ie

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About Newbridge Kildare Lions Club

Newbridge Kildare Lions Club was founded in 1976 and we have a long history of working very actively in the community in a wide variety of ways.

Typically, 70% of our work and funds are allocated in the immediate community, 20% nationally via a number of nationwide Lions Clubs Ireland District Projects which we are heavily involved in while 10% of our funds are allocated internationally, predominately through the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), which is on the ground almost immediately in the event of emergencies and disaster relief in all corners of the world.

We are part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service and charitable organisation in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 48,000+ Lions clubs. Each club is filled with people who have decided to take action and serve others.

Summary of our community work:

  • Our core work is directly assisting people in need in the local community.
  • Emergency Funding provided for people requiring vital varied assistance at short notice.
  • Lions Clubs across Ireland are famous for their Christmas Food Appeal, which has been operating with great effectiveness since the 1980’s. Locally circa 1,200 adults and children were beneficiaries in 2022.
  • Environment - Lions Club serve to strengthen the relationship between the community and its environment. We have seen first-hand how our stewardship of the environment can improve quality of life and increase engagement in our local communities. The Lions Club Ireland Environmental Charter states that “By harnessing the skills and experience of our members, we aim to sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of the communities we serve”.

What is a ‘Lion’?
A Lion is an active member of a Lions Club. Being a Lion means making an impact through service. We believe in changing the world by serving the needs of our local community first and foremost.

The work we carry out is very diverse and ranges from our main project of the year which is our Christmas Food Appeal through to the many Lions Clubs Ireland District Projects which we are heavily involved in, to helping with urgent requirements, the provision of emergency funding and environmental work.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

The story of LCIF is epic - filled with unlimited compassion and tireless support of Lions service. Founded in 1968, the mission of the global foundation is to "empower Lions clubs, volunteers, and partners to improve health and well-being, strengthen communities, and support those in need through humanitarian services and grants that impact lives globally and encourage peace and international understanding".

For more than 50 years, LCIF has dedicated endless energy to increasing the ability of Lions everywhere, helping them empower the communities they serve.

District Lions Projects

District Lions Projects is the name we give to our nationwide work across all 32 counties. Our nationwide work is a very important aspect of how we operate, as the reality is that an individual Lions Club can only ever achieve so much, despite however ambitious we may be, however, when all 93 clubs across the country come together we achieve so much more.

This means that we have the very sophisticated strength of the Lions Clubs Ireland - District 133 movement behind us.

A number of our District Lions Projects are operational for decades such as our Christmas Food Appeal and are hugely successful.

Christmas Food Appeal

Lions Clubs across Ireland are famous for their Christmas Food Appeal, which has been operating with great effectiveness since the 1980’s.

Locally in Newbridge Kildare Lions Club circa 1,200 adults and children were beneficiaries in 2022.

Our annual Christmas Food Appeal is one of our longest running and most successful projects. During December each year, Lions Clubs across Ireland collect food for people in need locally.

Overall, Lions Clubs nationwide provide well over one million euro’s worth of food hampers to people in need each Christmas.

Spectacle Recycling

Newbridge Kildare Lions Club allocates a considerable amount of time and effort to this outstanding initiative.

Lions Clubs International sponsor a worldwide collection and distribution of used spectacles to developing countries.

The World Health Organisation estimate that more than 150 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.

Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don’t have any, or the correct, spectacles. They cannot learn as reading is difficult, they cannot work to the best of their ability as they cannot see clearly.

For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.

Lions Clubs Ireland collect and recycle tens of thousands of spectacles each year for distribution to the developing world. Spectacles collected by Lions Clubs Ireland are transported to Medico Lions
Clubs de France in Le Havre for sorting and grading before shipping to developing countries for the recipients of the spectacles to have an easier and more enjoyable life.

Gaeltacht Scholarships

In 2023 Newbridge Kildare Lions Club awarded scholarships to two outstanding students from Kildare Town Community School.

Education has always been one of our core priorities and a student can gain so much from attending the Gaeltacht. The number one objective of course for a student attending is to improve and expand upon their Irish while at the same time there are so many other advantages. Who could say no to a two-week learning holiday along the Wild Atlantic Way in the middle of summer, meeting lots of teenagers of a similar age, some of whom will hopefully become long-time friends? Newbridge Kildare Lions Club will be awarding scholarships every year as we have been delighted with the overall response to date and we are looking forward to working on this highly rewarding project.

Annual Holiday

The Lions Clubs Annual Holiday takes place in Trabolgan Holiday Village, Cork in June each year. Over 600 guests from throughout the 32 counties are booked in for a full week, all expenses paid by the respective Lion Clubs nationwide.

Newbridge Kildare Lions Club carefully choose adults and children from our community to enjoy this excellent experience.

This has been an annual occurrence since 1981. There is a full and varied programme throughout the week including dancing, various competitions, supervised aqua aerobics, bus tours plus shows each evening.

One of the great attractions of the holiday is to develop new friendships while enjoying a super holiday.

We have received outstanding feedback over the years for the annual holiday and we are very proud that we have been in a fortunate position to facilitate so many adults and children over the years.

Carers’ Weekend

The Lions Clubs Carers’ Weekend is very necessary for family carers who look after family members 24/7.

The effects on carers can be very stressful and many carers urgently need respite from their caring roles while Carers suffering from stress or anxiety can avail of counselling.

The weekend addresses many of the problems carers may encounter. Carers feel at ease throughout the weekends where they mingle and get to know each other in a beautiful tranquil setting. Throughout the weekends Carers discuss their situations in a relaxed environment and relate to each other. Many lasting friendships are made. The Lions Club’s weekend for family carers is a unique community project for many years.

The weekend is fully funded by Lions Clubs around the country and are hosted in Sligo and Wexford annually. Lions Clubs are making an important difference by giving family Carers the opportunity for a well-deserved break.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle is a very straightforward and effective concept which encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details in a common place, where, in cases of emergency the emergency teams can easily access them.

How does it work?
We issue free Lions Club bottles complete with a personal information form and three self-adhesive green crosses to indicate where the bottle is located such as a fridge or cupboard. In the event of an accident or incident within the home, the first responder/emergency services on the
scene will be alerted to the bottle by the label on the door. The bottle can then be immediately located by the attending service.

Who can benefit from Message in a Bottle?
Senior citizens, people not in good health, people living alone, people having life threatening conditions/allergies, people with disabilities as examples and the bottles enable paramedics, Gardai, fire-fighters, hospital accident and emergency and social services to gain immediate access to vital information.

Message in a Bottle is now also available for golfers. A metal disc/tag is placed on a golf bag to indicate that a bottle is located in the top pocket of the golf bag.

Youth Exchange
– Inward & Outward

Lions Clubs Ireland invite young people aged 16 – 22 years to participate in the Youth Camp Exchange (YCE) programme each summer.

The Youth Camp will provide the opportunity to meet other young people from around the world, to get to know them, to work together, to practice speaking English (Inward to Ireland), to serve others, to experience different foods from around the world and learn about the life of young people from other countries, to share, to build confidence, to accept differences, to build long lasting friendships and to get to know and see some of beautiful Ireland.

Youth Exchange – Inward
As a YCE participant, you can expect to be immersed in a unique cultural experience with Lions Club members supporting your learning.

The YCE Programme varies from country to country and can either be a Youth Camp or a Stay with a Host Family, or indeed a mixture of both.

For Host Family stays they will treat you as a member of their family, expecting your engagement in typical daily routines and family meals. You will participate in social activities and visit cultural places of interest as arranged by the host Lions club.

Peace Poster

Celebrating 30 Years of Peace
For over 30 years Lions Cubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups.

This art contest for children encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.

Peace Poster Contest Judging:
Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and multiple merit award winners.

Homelessness

This project has been running for over twenty two years. The demand now is greater than it has ever been. Initially the project was limited to homeless children and it has grown to include homelessness in general.

The stories that homeless people have to tell are harrowing. Some homeless people feel safer on the street as they face danger within their own home from different forms of abuse. Who would willingly choose to live on the street?

We work with many agencies including Tig Linn, Cork Penny Dinners and Focus Ireland to deliver essential items including food, sleeping bags, knitted hats, scarves, snoods and rain gear.

Diabetes Awareness

Lions Clubs Ireland launched the Lions Ireland Type 2 Diabetes Awareness Strategy – joining Lions Clubs worldwide in adopting Diabetes as a Signature Project.

Diabetes is an ever-increasing serious problem for individuals and families. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reports that 10.5% of the adult population (20-79 years) has diabetes, with almost half unaware that they are living with the condition. It is believed that someone dies from diabetes every seconds which is a staggering figure.

Newbridge Kildare Lions Club has been heavily involved with Diabetes Awareness for many years with important effectiveness.

The Lions Signature Project aims to address the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, where eating healthily, increasing the level of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, all play a role in preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

John O’Donovan, Chairperson of the District Diabetes Team, stressed the importance of this initiative: “Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in the world and it is estimated that worldwide more than 460 million people have Diabetes, and this number is growing.”

Membership

Each and every one of us has the power to create change. Becoming a member of Newbridge Kildare Lions Club is straightforward. If you would like to make a genuine contribution and sustained difference in your community while working collaboratively as part of a great team of ‘Lions’, please contact us by emailing hello@nklionsclub.ie and we will send you an application form and start the process. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in The Keadeen Hotel and we are delighted to welcome new members.

Officers of our Club

Each year three members of our Club are elected to be the official Officers for the year ahead, consisting of the President, Secretary and Treasurer. Below is a list of all current and past Officers.

Year Club President Club Secretary Club Treasurer
2023/24 Seamus Kilmartin  Adrian McGoldrick Pat Brady
2022/23 Seamus Kilmartin  Adrian McGoldrick Pat Brady
2021/22 Seamus Kilmartin  Paul Allen Anne-Charlotte Bertho
2020/21 Mabel Ben-Muka Joseph Chukwuma Ahumibe Anne-Charlotte Bertho
2019/20 Morgan McCabe Joseph Chukwuma Ahumibe Anne-Charlotte Bertho
2018/19 Miontini Ako Paul Allen Jenny Habenicht
2017/18 Morgan McCabe April McCabe John Casserly 
2016/17 Morgan McCabe April McCabe Helen Marie Orr
2015/16   Paula Keegan Morgan McCabe Jenny Habenicht
2014/15   Miotini Ako Daniel Leahy Greg Connolly
2013/14 Tom Broderick Adrian Ryan Greg Connolly
2012/13 Tom Broderick Sonya Mallon Declan O’Donovan
2011/12   John Casserly Sonya Mallon Miontini Ako
2010/11 Michael Habenicht  Pat Brady Miontini Ako
2009/10 Michael Habenicht   Paul Allen Declan O’Donovan
2008/09   Adrian Ryan  Paul Allen Declan O’Donovan
2007/08 Oliver Murphy Adrian Ryan Michael Habenicht
2006/07 Brian Coughlan Michael McLoughlin Greg Connolly
2005/06 Eddie Harty Tom Broderick   Seamus Gilhooley
2004/05 Frank Burns   Brian Maginn Michael McLoughlin
2003/04 Shane O’Connor Pat Brady   Michael Habenicht
2002/03   John Delaney Pat Brady   Michael Habenicht
2001/02   Nick Strong   John Delaney   Pat Brady
2000/01 Tom Carter   John Delaney Nick Strong
1999/00 Adrian McGoldrick Adrian Ryan Nick Strong
1998/99   Declan O’Donovan   Nick Strong   Adrian Ryan
1997/98 Seamus Gilholley   Brian Coughlan   Declan O’Donovan
1996/97 Gerry Hall Tom Carter   Declan O’Donovan
1995/96 Paul Allen   Pat Muldoon   Pat Brady
1994/95 Eddie Morrissey   Pat Muldoon   Pat Brady
1993/94 Tom Broderick Seamus Killeen   Pat Brady
1992/93 Rory de Bruir Dan O’Donnell   Paul Alllen
1991/92   Brian Matthews Dan O’Donnell Rory de Bruir
1990/91 Paddy Costigan
1989/90   John McLoughlin
1988/89   Brendan Clegg
1987/88 Denis Fay
1986/87 Eamon Murphy
1985/86 Matt Melia
1984/85 Eric Wallace
1983/84   Michael Lenehan
1982/83   Shane O’Connor
1981/82   Donal Shannon
1980/81 Ken Dunne
1979/80 Pat Maginn
1978/79 Herbie Chapman
1977/78   Joe O’Loughlin
1976/77   Joe O’Loughlin

Contact Us

Newbridge Kildare Lions Club

  hello@nklionsclub.ie ─ All queries
  seamus@nklionsclub.ie ─ President: Seamus Kilmartin
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