Lucan Lions Club is encouraging people to donate unwanted spectacles in several local shops, which are then recycled to third world countries and donated free of charge to people with poor eyesight who normally could not afford to purchase spectacles.
All varieties, condition and sizes are very welcome – adults, children’s, sunglasses, damaged/broken – we can use them all. No need to include glasses cases, as these are not required.
It could improve a persons life in another country
Once collected, the spectacles are boxed & dispatched via DPD sponsorship to MEDICO LIONS CLUBS de FRANCE in Le Havre. On arrival, the spectacles are sorted & cleaned. Using specialised equipment, the power of the lenses is measured for the new owner.
They are labelled and packed ready for shipment to a country in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, to restore sight to lifeless eyes.
Lucan Lions Club Collection Points
Many thanks to all of you who have donated spectacles – Lucan Lions club has already shipped over 3700 glasses for re-cycling in 2023 – well done to everyone!
Lucan Lions Club raise funds for local charities during the year, the proceeds are the result of various events. Our annual awards night returned on May 11th in The Lucan Spa Hotel with much anticipation with our last awards night having taking place in 2019.
Distributed on the night were the funds from our fundraising endeavours and in summary, we returned to Community organisations the funding raised in the Community.
With a special mention for Derek Keating, our dear friend and supporter of Lucan Lions Club who recenly passed away, may he rest in peace.
It is a sign of the times we live in that the first recipient of a cheque for €1000 was a Homeless Charity. Here in Lucan, Bernadette Fagan has shown tremendous leadership in assisting the homeless in the Lucan area and its environs. She also helps out with two soup runs per week in the City Centre. This small organisation, based in Arthur Griffith Park, also helps out the people currently accommodated in Finnstown House Hotel and Leixlip House Hotel. A look at their Facebook page demonstrates the range of services they provide including food distribution, clothing, mattresses and they also source items for those being rehoused
Nagarhope was set up by Lucan man Doc Clandillon in 2005 and has carried out substantial projects since then and in particular since the earthquake in 2015 .The main aim since the inception of Nagerhope was to construct and operate a childrens home in Nagarkot, The overall mission has evolved as the organisation has grown over the years and the focus now is on providing education for children in deprived communities in Nepal. This is delivered through Nagarhope Basic School and through education and health support programmes in other schools and in the community.
They also continue to have great support from the Lucan Community
Lucan 23rd Scouts
Lucan is blessed with a number of Scout Troops and Lucan Lions Club has been in a position to assist them in various ways over the years. This year we are able to assist Lucan 23rd Scouts which are based on Chapel Hill. They are fundraising for a new roof and an upgrade for their Den. The Group has over 100 members and caters for groups aged 6-22 across Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers.
Womens Collective Ireland – Lucan
Womens Collective Lucan are members of Womens Collective Ireland. WCI collaborate with local regional and national organisations to ensure that they are representing our local community by raising issues and concerns brought to them through evaluations and assessments.
The overall mission of WCI is to support grassroots women through collective and practical actions to achieve their full human rights and true equality. WCI Lucan work directly with women on the ground from marginalised groups to build womens confidence and self esteem through feminist community education.
Ukraine Families -Lucan
Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine , Lucan Lions Club has had a close association, including through the local Community Garda Paul and Bernie, with Ukraine families accommodated in the area.
The Club raised funding through Luke the Lion in SuperValu Lucan to distribute help and assistance at Christmas, We remain committed to assisting these families and are delighted to help them out again at our annual awards night
Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.
All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance are provided at no cost to the family.
Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses. Children are referred to Barretstown based on their medical needs.
Since it first opened in 1994, Barretstown has brought the magic of Barretstown to over 85,000 campers.
Divine Mercy Food Bank – Balgaddy
Again , this is a sign of the times we live in where our next recipient is the Food Bank which is based in Balgaddy in Lucan South. This well established Food Bank distributes food to the less well off in that Community. It was started by a local priest who observed some children going to school hungry. Food is distributed every Monday morning and is donated by parishioners. Lucan Lions Club is a regular contributer to the Food Bank particularly at Christmas through our Annual food appeal
This is a fundraiser set up by the Ferris family in Lucan.
This family have been long time members of Lucan Special Olympics club, Paul is an athlete and his mum Dorothy is the current Chairperson.
Dorothy Ferris’s daughter Laura passed away in March this year after a battle with cancer.
In her honour, Laura’s husband Luke, his brothers and Laura’s sister Leonie will go to Nairobi, Kenya next year to build a baby home & school as a lasting legacy to Laura.
Leonie previously worked with the charity Kidogo (a charity set up by an NI lady) and the buildings will be run by this charity.
This is a new fundraising campaign to remember Laura and Lucan Lions Club is delighted to make a contribution to this fundraiser
Finding Charlies Voice
A Lucan Mother Evelyn Byrne who was inspired by her own son’s Charlies diagnosis with verbal dyspraxia is helping to spread awareness for the condition and supports families of children that have been diagnosed with the condition. She does this through her organisation ‘Finding Charlie’s Voice’.
Verbal dyspraxia is a relatively rare life-long neurological speech disorder in which children have difficulty in making and co-ordinating the precise movements needed to produce clear speech with their mouths.
The Lucan based charity makes communication boards for children with speech difficulties and their use helps the wider school community become more inclusive. The group created these boards that allow children who have difficulty communicating verbally to express themselves in a variety of settings.
The communication boards, which rely primarily on symbols and images, have proliferated across the country. This is done on a non-for-profit basis in the hope that children like Charlie can enjoy school and other settings to the same extent as their peers
Lucan Special Olympics Club
This well established Group , now operating for 20 years was founded by a dedicated group of local Special Olympics Volunteers in the afternmath of the Special Olympics Worlds Games which took place in Ireland in 2003. It is the only Club of its nature in the area and aligns with the ethos of the international Special Olympics organisation. It specifically caters for people with learning difficulties. The Club has a fantastic and successful record of achievement in Irish Special Olympics folklore and the main sports are basketball, bocce, floorball and they also have a Junior Club.
Bernadette Fagan– In recognition of her outstanding contribution in helping the homeless in Lucan and the wider environs
Laura Butler–In recognition of her outstanding role as a liaison organiser in the charitable partnership between Lucan Lions Club and SuperValu Lucan
Lucan Special Olympics–To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Special Olympics in Lucan beginning with Lucan as a Host Town in 2003 World Games and in recognition of the close ongoing partnership between Lucan Special Olympics Club and Lucan Lions Club.
District Governor-In grateful appreciation to the District Governor for his attendance and participation at the Lucan Lions Club Awards Night on 11 May 2023.
Lucan Lions Club membership at present is around 16 people, who give willingly of their time and talents to help others. However, it is not all work as we also enjoy the social side of Lionism, both at local and District level.
We are delighted to be once again partnering with SuperValu Lucan for Christmas 2020 fundraising to support our local community. We appreciate all the support given by you the people of Lucan and particularly David and all his staff for their consistent and generous support.
If you would like to donate €2 to the Lions club you can do so by selecting the €2 donate button at the Self Checkouts or at any till throughout the store!
We really appreciate your support and 100% of funds raised will be used to support locals in need!
For many years, we have been meeting in Lucan Spa Hotel on the second Tuesday of the month – rain, hail or shine. Covid-19 changed this and we missed our April meeting but then figured out virtual meeting technology. Our first virtual meeting happened at 20:30 on 12thMay 2020, we stayed at home to meet up.
Even without a formal meeting in April, Lucan Lions Club was busy supporting local community activities. We are lucky to be firmly embedded locally and available to the community when the need arises. A request for assistance was received from Lucan Disability Action Group, an organisation we have supported in the past, to assist with the funding required to make their Buses safe for passengers and staff when transporting individuals to a local Covid-19 test centre. Funding was agreed by consensus through our WhatsApp Group. Who knew the benefit of Social Media!
In the absence of the Annual Awards Night, we “virtually” agreed to assist local, national and international initiatives using funds raised at fundraising events held particularly in SuperValu, Lucan. We remain indebted for the support given by the Management & Staff there.
The Lucan Lions Club Gourmet Dining Experience took place on Saturday 27th in Lucan Spa Hotel. Guest Chef Joe Shannon and his team cooked a beautiful meal for a sold out group of 210 friends of Lucan Lions Club. There were seven courses of the finest Irish produced food, served by a small army of staff. Joe introduced each course before serving, and spoke with passion on how he prepared the ingredients. Guests were amazed by Joe’s humorous presentation and attention to food detail. Main course – 17 hour Slow Cooked Feather-Blade of Irish Beef, was outstanding.
Also, many thanks to those who purchased tickets for the event.
Lucan Lions Club membership at present is around 16 men and women, who give willingly of their time and talents to help others.
However, it is not all work as we also enjoy the social side of Lionism, both at local and District level.
Ireland AM Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon will be preparing a delicious Gourmet Dining Experience taking place on Saturday April 27th in The Lucan Spa Hotel. Tickets€45 from any Lucan Lions Club member.
In April 1988, a group of twenty five people assembled at the Springfield Hotel, to discuss the formation of a new Lions Club. The meeting was hosted by Paddy Cotter of Maynooth/Kilcock Lions Club. People from a variety of backgrounds attended. I can recall sitting in a smoke filled resident’s lounge listening to Paddy talking about our community needs and social benefits of having a local Lions Club. There was a great response to his presentation. I signed-up while sipping tea with John McDonald and Barry Bowman.
A development plan to set up the Club was agreed. Jimmy Cox (BOI) was elected the first President of Lucan/Leixlip Lions Club. Bernard Hurley was selected as the club Secretary. Soon we were planning a Charter Dinner night. The dinner was hosted by Eoin Hickey, and it took place in the then newly opened Finnstown House Hotel.
People sometimes ask ‘what do Lions do’? Our club Moto is ‘We Serve’. In implementing this, we arrange charity events, and fundraise for local worthy causes. We often team-up with local organizations to organize events aimed at achieving certain goals in the context of helping the wider community.
There are 110 Lions Clubs in Ireland, with over three thousand members. Each club member pays an annual membership fee to cover the insurance and administrative costs of the Club. We can say for certain, therefore, that all funds raised for charity goes back directly into our community.
Lions International celebrated their 100th birthday last year. They are the largest volunteer organization in the world.
A great deal has changed in the world since 1988! Notwithstanding this, Lucan Lions Club has maintained a constant positive presence in this community. Our ethos is to embrace those who seek our help. We strive to make a difference and improve the quality of life for those less well off in our community. Our record of accomplishment in Lucan over 30 years demonstrates the impact we have made through our own initiatives or working with other local charitable organisations.
We welcome visitors and new members to our meetings, which take place in Lucan Spa Hotel on the second Tuesday of each month at 8.30pm.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Easter Raffle with Supervalu Lucan provided all the raffle prizes and thanks to manager Ian Lynam drew the following winners; 1/ Mark Guiden, 2/ Ray Hearney, 3/ Michael McCarthy 4/ Mary Allis 5/ Sharon Nolan.
Well done to Lucan Tidy Towns who organized a village clean up on Good Friday. Many volunteers with one goal, Keep Lucan Tidy!
Diary Date: A fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation will be hosted by Lucan Lions Club in Kenny’s back lounge on Thursday 26th April at 8.30 pm. Quizmaster Mattie McCabe.
Our next club meeting will be in Lucan Spa Hotel on Tuesday April 10th at 8.30pm. Visitors welcome.