MONAGHAN LIONS MESSAGE IN BOTTLE

Monaghan Lions Club Message in a Bottle  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Monaghan Lions Club Message in a Bottle Photo: © Michael Fisher

BLAYNEY BLADES WITH MONAGHAN LIONS CLUB LAUNCH “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE” SCHEME 

A new initiative designed to help emergency services access important medical and personal information quickly when they arrive at the scene of a medical crisis has been unveiled by Blayney Blades at the Íontas Centre, Castleblayney. The Message in a Bottle scheme was launched as part of social inclusion week. Monaghan Lions Club are providing the bottles free of charge. Michael Fisher of Monaghan Lions Club officiated at the launch.

Message in a Bottle Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Message in a Bottle Photo: © Michael Fisher

Message in a Bottle is an emergency information scheme which includes a Personal Information Form (PIF) containing accurate relevant medical and other information. The green cross stickers alert emergency services to the fact that information about a patient is stored in a plastic bottle which is kept in the fridge. This is the safest storage place in the house in the event of a fire. Vulnerable people or those with a medical condition can enter their details on the form which is inside the bottle. It can also include a photograph, health details, emergency contact, and doctor, where there are pets that need looking after and much more which will assist the emergency services.

Message in a Bottle  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Message in a Bottle Photo: © Michael Fisher

By stating whether the patient has special medication or allergies etc., it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to the user and their friends and families. With the bottle come three green stickers, one for inside the front door, one for inside the back door and one for the fridge door.

The Emergency Services will see them and know there is additional vital information available and where it is stored. The scheme which is supported by the Lions Clubs of Ireland has been successfully rolled out in many parts of the country and in Britain. So far it has proved to be of immense value to the emergency services and its users.

Message in a Bottle Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Message in a Bottle Photo: © Michael Fisher

To get your FREE Message in a Bottle pack contact Blayney Blades at (042) 9753410/11/12 or email: blayneyblades@gmail.com or on facebook.

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS LION LESLEY

Lesley Goggins, Monaghan Lions Club, is congratulated on receiving her Emerging Lion Award 2015 by Past International President Lion Jim Ervine and Past International Director Lion Phil Nathan

Lesley Goggins, Monaghan Lions Club, is congratulated on receiving her Emerging Lion Award 2015 by Past International President Lion Jim Ervine and Past International Director Lion Phil Nathan

MONAGHAN LION RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD  Northern Standard Thursday 16th April

Monaghan Lions Club Vice-President Lesley Goggins from Corcaghan has been rewarded for her achievements since becoming a member of the international organisation six years ago. At the recent District Convention in Waterford of Lions Clubs from the island of Ireland, Lesley was presented with the Emerging Lion Award 2015.

Lesley was also presented with a lapel pin from the event’s International guest, Past International President Lion Jim Ervine. She told the Northern Standard it was with absolute surprise, honour and (being a Lion!) great pride that she had received the award from District Governor Pat O’Brien.  LIONS-LOGO-720x682-150x150

The dance teacher said she was delighted to be recognised in this way from such wonderful people and by the Lions Clubs organisation in which she was priveleged to play a part. In September Lesley will take over as President of the Monaghan Club, 25 years after her father Bill Goggins was installed as the Club’s first President.

Lesley is already planning the Club’s 25th Charter Dinner which will be held at Castle Leslie, Glaslough on January 30th 2016. On Monday (20th April) the Club was visited at their meeting in the Westenra Hotel, Monaghan, by District Governor Elect, Marion Conneely from Swords Lions Club.

Monaghan Lions Club Charter Dinner 2015 at Castle Leslie with Lion Lesley Goggins (front left) and Past President and Past DG Bill Goggins (back right); Past District Governor Sean Sandford (back left);  Second Vice District Governor Paul Allen and Lion President Adrian McElvaney (centre)

Monaghan Lions Club Charter Dinner 2015 at Castle Leslie with Lion Lesley Goggins (front left) and Past President and Past DG Bill Goggins (back right); Past District Governor Sean Sandford (back left); Second Vice District Governor Paul Allen and Lion President Adrian McElvaney (centre)

MONAGHAN LIONS DINNER

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LIONS CLUBS IRELAND district 105-I Vice District Governor Paul Allen from Newbridge addresses the large crowd of over 200.  A great night was had by all members of Monaghan Lions Club and their guests at Castle Leslie, Glaslough, at the annual charter dinner, the 24th. The auction raised over €36,000 for club charities.

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MONAGHAN LIONS

Food appeal collection at Fleings Super Valu  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Food appeal collection at Fleings Super Valu Photo: © Michael Fisher

Monaghan Lions Club held their annual food appeal in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul at three points in the town two of them outside supermarkets. I spent two hours at the stand at Flemings Super Valu where Lion Gordon Fleming was helping the team.

Delia Sheridan (Threemilehouse VdeP) Lion Michael Fisher & Lion Gordon Fleming  Photo: G.McCarron

Delia Sheridan (Threemilehouse VdeP) Lion Michael Fisher & Lion Gordon Fleming Photo: G.McCarron

There were two other collection points: outside the courthouse and also at the entrance to Tesco in the shopping centre. Lions shared the duty with members of the local conferences of Vincent de Paul.

Collecting outside courthouse, Monaghan Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Collecting outside courthouse, Monaghan Photo: © Michael Fisher

My initial impression was that there was a slow but steady support for the collection. It will be interesting to see however if the amount of food and cash is the same as previous years. Collectors will be put again today (Sunday) at the same three places until 6pm, so if you are passing by, please donate either items of food or cash. Every cent or Euro and any food collected will go directly to those most in need: there are no top-ups involved! The collection is done by volunteers.

Food collection outside Tesco Monaghan  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Food collection outside Tesco Monaghan Photo: © Michael Fisher

BARN DANCE FOR LIONS

Barn Dance Photo: © Michael Fisher

Barn Dance Photo: © Michael Fisher

Most Lions Clubs have a ‘tail twister’, an officer and the ‘pep master’ of each Club. His duties (I think I should add the alternative ‘her’ as well) are “to instil enthusiasm and good fellowship in the meetings, and to keep harmony. (S)He is empowered to impose, as well as collect, fines from the members. There shall be no appeal from the tail twister’s decision in imposing a fine, and he (she) may not be fined except by the unanimous vote of the members present.

Meet the new 'tail twister' of Monaghan Lions Club...!  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Meet the new ‘tail twister’ of Monaghan Lions Club…! Photo: © Michael Fisher

Well it looks like Monaghan Lions Club who have several female members just got themselves a new tail twister, judging by the fellow I saw standing beside the stage at their barn dance tonight (Saturday 26th October) in Tyholland Community Centre. I think he said his name was Wayne….

Burger and a hat all for €7: good value in a good cause! Photo: © Michael Fisher

Burger and a hat all for €7: good value in a good cause! Photo: © Michael Fisher

Anyway he was one of the many all dressed up in cowboy/cowgirl attire. The appropriate dress for the night appeared to be jeans and checked shirts for the men and a variety of outfits for the ladies, most of whom brought along hats. The Club was also selling a variety of hats for €4 for those who wanted to enter into the spirit of the occasion.

The Outlaws Photo: © Michael Fisher

The Outlaws Photo: © Michael Fisher

It was an enjoyable evening dancing to The Outlaws as Monaghan Lions Club revived their barn dance fundraiser in aid of Club charities. The Tyholland Centre doubled up as the barn and a marquee was erected alongside to serve as the ‘saloon’, serving drinks and burgers. Plenty of prizes in the raffle as well, including a number of pairs of tickets for forthcoming Ireland rugby international matches.

Aidan Clerkin at Monaghan Lions Club Barn Dance Photo: © Michael Fisher

Aidan Clerkin at Monaghan Lions Club Barn Dance Photo: © Michael Fisher

On arrival, Aidan Clerkin was on stage, providing a variety of country and Irish music and doing his best to encourage them to dance, but it was a while before the crowd found their dancing shoes. The main act was The Outlaws from Castleblayney in County Monaghan. They comprise of Sean Hughes, JJ McCourt, Brian Walsh and brothers Craig and Adam Davis, who are both grand nephews of Irish country legend Big Tom McBride.

Michael Fisher, Belfast Lions Club supporting the Monaghan Lions event Photo: © Evelyn Fisher

Michael Fisher, Belfast Lions Club supporting the Monaghan Lions event Photo: © Evelyn Fisher

Plus brilliant fiddle playing by Diane Traynor. who brings her own style and glamour to the band and her fiddle playing skills and sweet singing range enhance the band’s appeal. It’s just a pity that when they came to perform a ‘Siege of Ennis’ dance that there were only a few takers.

Monaghan Lions Club carry out projects throughout the year in service of the community. At Christmas, they hold an annual food appeal in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul. The Club meets on the first and third Monday of every month at 9pm at the Westenra Arms Hotel in The Diamond, Monaghan.

Monaghan Lions Club Poster

Monaghan Lions Club Poster

BLACKWATER 10k

Runners gather at Gortakeegan

Runners gather at Gortakeegan

It’s a year since I was at the soccer ground at Gortakeegan in Monaghan. A lot has happened since then. On the last visit, Monaghan United FC drew 0-0 with Shamrock Rovers in the Airtricity League Premier Division. Roddy Collins was managing the team and Stephen Kenny was in charge of Rovers and I interviewed both afterwards. Collins now manages Athlone Town and Kenny is at Dundalk. Within a few weeks of that match, during the mid-season break, the Mons had pulled out of the league and professional football.

Yesterday I passed through the same club rooms and dressing rooms as the runners and walkers prepared for the sixth annual Blackwater 10k. This time, I knew that the soccer club is now devoted to youth teams only, some of which have performed well in their various leagues. But the building was buzzing as the dozens of volunteers sorted out last minute arrangements for registration, marshalling and catering.

Lorna Wilson, Past President Monaghan Lions Club

Lorna Wilson, Past President Monaghan Lions Club

Monaghan Lions Club with their President Ann Bowe was one of the groups helping with the organisation. Around 1200 runners and walkers took part in the event and hundreds more arrived to cheer them on. This year Monaghan Special Olympics had been designated as the charity to be supported and many of their members with families and friends as well as helpers turned out for the event.

Heading off from Gortakeegan: a blaze of colour

Heading off from Gortakeegan: a blaze of colour

The course was out the Newbliss Road towards the entrance to Rossmore Forest Park. However it followed a different route this year as part of the forest is being cultivated by Coillte and the paths on that side were not in a suitable condition for runners. The first 10k competitor to cross the line in a time of 33 minutes 50 seconds was Simon Ryan and Donna Evans the first female in 38 minutes 47 seconds. My neighbour from Tydavnet John James McKenna ran it in 1:14:29. Each runner was given a special chip which ensured their time was recorded when they crossed a rubber mat at the finishing line. The list of finishing times for runners can be found here. Another neighbour George Meehan did the walk.

Northern Sound's Sean McCaffrey heading to another engagement

Northern Sound’s Sean McCaffrey heading to another engagement

Well done to all those who took part for the run or just for the fun and helped to raise money for some very worthwhile causes. Great work done by all the backroom teams as well to ensure that the event passed off smoothly, including members of Monaghan civil defence. Sean McCaffrey from Northern Sound provided commentary before and during the race.

Volunteer helping with marshalling along the 10k route

Volunteer helping with marshalling along the 10k route