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The Downpatrick Lions are celebrating the 38th anniversary of starting their Talking Newspaper, having sent out their first tapes to visually impaired and blind listeners in the area on 11th November 1977. A small group of dedicated volunteers went to visit the Lisburn Leo Club that year to find out about their talking newspaper set-up, and then set about creating their own. Founding members included John Riordan, Margaret Orr, Richard Prytherch and Terry Torney – and Terry is still keeping the show on the road every two weeks 38 years later! Cecil Johnston was pictured at the tape machine in 1981 when the group celebrated sending out its 100th edition of the Talking Newspaper, while Vincent Murphy also contributed greatly. Former stalwarts of the Downsound team have included Len Edwards, Tom Morrison and Anne Walsh. Also heavily involved in the early days were Liam Conlon, Deirdre Curran, Dorothy Johnston, Colin Flinn, Michael Bohill, Brendan Rodgers, Collette Rooney and Kathleen and Peter McKenny.

Margaret Orr prepares to read articles from the Down Recorder. She has been reading the local news for subscribers since the talking newspaper’s inception in



Margaret Doran  is one of our many listeners who looks forward to receiving her talking newspaper.

Incoming President Pat Sheridan took possession of the chain of office from Past President John McGrath at the Handover Evening in Aldo's on Wednesday 22d June 2016 at the start of a new Lion Year.

The Downshire Brass afternoon at the Ballydugan Mill on Sunday 11th September was a great success and although it was too windy to be held outside a great afternoon was enjoyed by a packed audience. In addition to the band a super performance by Dramability took place at half time: Over £1500 was raised for Lions Charities.

Three Lakes Run on 14th May was an excellent day, with over 150 runners taking part and with great support from the community. Lions thank the sponsors Oakley Fayre and Margaret Ferguson, Joe Quinn and all the Lions and friends who helped on the day. The proceeds were around  £2,000

At the Charter Anniversary dinner of Downpatrick Lions Club on 11th March 2016, the District Governor Marion Connelly presented John Orr with a Melvin Jones Fellowship which is the highest award in Lions International in acknowledgment of the work he has carried out down the years.

Downpatrick Lions Club vice President Pat Sheridan presented a cheque for £600 recently to "Dramability" a registered charity group based in Downpatrick for the past 25 years. The chairperson Bette Liddell in accepting the cheque thanked the local Lions club and said they receive no funding from any goverment source and this donation would assist the group in production of a silent movie in the spring/summer this year. Dramability currently have 26 members 50% of which have a disability but they all really enjoy dancing and drama activities at their regular saturday morning sessions throughout the year,supported a number of volunteer helpers, the Lions raised the money at a recent quiz night in the Lakeside Inn

At a recent meeting of Downpatrick Lions Club the President John
McGrath presented a cheque for £600 to Daphine Montelone the area organiser for the Downpatrick group Riding for the Disabled Association.   In accepting the cheque Daphine outlined the great work of the local RDA having three ride outs per week at the Tullymurray Riding Centre for up to 24 disabled persons and she said they would welcome helpers or any support to assist in this work, she thanked the Lions club for their generosity in raising this amount at a recent quiz night held in the Lakeside Inn.
Photo L to R :President of Downpatrick Lions Club John McGrath, Daphine Montelone & Pat Sheridan Vice President

Downpatrick Lions Club recently presented a cheque to the local "Men's Shed" group to assist in the running of the their weekly group. Pat McGreevy co-ordinator of the Mens Shed said -"Mens Shed is a community based non commercial organisation open to all men where the primary activity is to the provision of a safe, friendly & inclusive enviroment where men are able to gather and or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other... men where the objective is to advance the health and well being of the participating men.We aim to promote & support the well being of men aged 18 and upwards it has been said "that men don't talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder"  Recognising the importance of providing practical work projects we are mainly engaged in furniture restoration which enables men to share issues and concerns as they work alongside other men. Pat McGreevy thanked the Lions Club for the generous donation to assist in the running costs of this local project, the money was raised at a recent Lions quiz held in the Lakeside Inn.  The shed is located at: Unit 2, 6 Cloonagh Road, Downpatrick BT30 6LJ nd is open on Mondays 10am to 12,00 noon and on Fridays 12.00 noon to 3.00pm you are very welcome to call and see just what we do?"

In the photo: L to R John McGrath President Downpatrick Lions Club - Pat McGreevy co-ordinator of the Mens Shed and Pat Sheridan Vice President of Lions.



Downpatrick Lions have just launched the 2016 Calendar with nostalgic photos of old Downpatrick. This venture is to raise money for Lions Charities and so Lion Members will be out in Downpatrick selling the calendars from the coming weekend, so don’t forget to buy your copy and also buy some as Christmas presents, at £4.50 they are great value for money and wonderful reminders of past times.

The photograph shows the Calendar Committee, from the left,... Lions Vincent Murphy, Peter McKenny, Raymond Crea and Myles Milhench.

In addition the calendars are on sale at, Tom’s Wine Barrel and Tel’s Newsagents in St Patrick’s Avenue, the Mace in Scotch Street and Oakley Fayre in Market Street. They are also available at Flixx Graphics in Irish St, Connelly’s in Edward Street, McGrath’s in Annacloy and finally at the Lakeside Inn at Ballydugan.






Lions Club members held a street collection in Downpatrick on Saturday 3rd October and thanks to the generosity of the public collected £2103 for Lion’s Charities.

The main beneficiary of this collection was the Children’s Hospice and Cormac Reilly of Ardglass and Strangford Children’s Hospice Supporters came to the Lions Club meeting on 28th October to receive a cheque for £1200.

Cormac explained that the Hospice relies completely on donations and so welcomed the cheque. He pointed out that 293 children and families have been helped this year so far and a further 142 families with a sick child are on the Hospice at Home Support Service.

The photo shows shows Cormac Reilly, Lion Myles Milhench, Vice President Pat Sheridan, Lion Vincent Murphy and Lion Treasurer Graham Dickson.

Wednesday 24th June was the official night that the presidential baton was handed on to the new incumbent, Lion President John McGrath.
The photos show outgoing President Tommy Briggs handing over the chain of office to the new president in the courtyard of the Ballydugan Mill, where a dinner was held in honour of the new president.
We all hope that he has a very successful year and wish him well!

Children from Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School in Downpatrick presented Downpatrick Lions Club with £100 for the Earthquake Relief in Nepal. The children raised the money by starting a business in school, making items to sell to other pupils in lunch breaks etc. They were initially collecting money to buy an IPad for their class, but were so successful that they were also able to help pay for a school trip as well as giving the donation to Lions for Nepal.
The class is pictured here with their teacher presenting the donation to Lion President Tommy Briggs.
Well done all of you!


The earthquake in Nepal has already had sizeable donations from Lions Clubs International in which Downpatrick Lions participated by donating the proceeds from the street collection in Downpatrick in April. However with the additional shocks and damage, we felt that more needed to be done.
The club therefore organised a collection with the help of Asda, as well as a special collection at the Champagne Brass event at Ballydugan Mill and are sending an addition £2500 to Lions Clubs in Nepal to assist with the rescue and reconstruction. Lions have also already send many water purification kits and other assistance.

Down's Syndrome Association

On a beautiful sunny evening, Downpatrick Lions Club were both pleased and proud to present a cheque for £500 to Fiona Wilson of the Down's Syndrome Association. This was the proceeds for the 3 Lakes Run that had successfully taken place on the 16th May. The photos were taken outside the Lakeside Inn where the race started and finished!

Friends of Cancer Care

Downpatrick Lions were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £1000 to Friends of Cancer Centre at the City Hospital in Belfast. The cheque was presented by Lion Pat Sheridan and accepted on behalf of the Friends by Claire Hogarth the Fundraising Manager


Altzheimers Society

It was with great pleasure that Downpatrick Lions were able to make a donation of £1000 to the Alzheimers Society.
The cheque was presented by Lion Sean Carvill and received by Claire Keenan and Brendan McPoland of the Society.

Liam Conlon invested as Melvin Jones Fellow

Downpatrick Lions Club this week awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award to Lion Liam Conlon for his long and dedicated sevice to the community.

Liam, who is a retired teacher, has been active in Downpatrick Lions as well as being a regular member of the Down Sound team preparing tapes for the visually impaired in the community.

He is welcomed into a very exclusive club within Lions and has thoroughly earned the accolade.

Champagne Brass

Sunday 24th May Lions held a wonderful afternoon of music in the old courtyard of Ballyugan Mill, played by Downshire Brass, who were fresh from their successfully competing in the European Brass Band Championships.  The weather was kind and the sun even shone for a while.  A collection was held for Nepal which raised £900.   Downpatrick Lions would like to thank Noel, Maureen and Mary Killen, the owners of the Ballydugan Mill for all of their assistance and kindness in arranging this event.

Lions Golf Day 2015

The Golf Day took place on Saturday 23rd May at Downpatrick Golf Club and the Tee Times were booked from Early in the morning until late afternoon.  A very successful day.  The results were.....

1st                                  Kevin Trueman
2nd                                 Jack Mc Kenna
3rd                                  Thomas Leckey
4th                                  Mal McGrady 
Gross score                     Dale Baker
Seniors winner                Brian Gregg

Ladies Winner--Carmel Hanvey

3 Lakes Run 2015

Saturday 16th May the 3rd time the 3 Lakes Run was held and it was a great success.  The chosen charity to benefit this year was the Down's Syndrome Association and 122 runners took part making it a great occasion.

The Official Starter for the race was Clare Orr and Lions received excellent coverage in the local press

Bucket Collection

Saturday 18th April Downpatrick Lions held a bucket collection in Downpatrick town centre and due to the generosity of the public collected £1845 towards Lions Charity work.  A BIG THANK YOU DOWNPATRICK!

Youth Initiatives presentation

On Thursday 2nd April President Tommy Briggs accompanied by Lion David Medhurst presented a cheque for £500 to Mark McFeeters of Downpatrick Youth Initiatives to help with their excellent work in the Downpatrick area.  Also present from YI were Nikki Ferris, Tucker Leavy and Emma Berkey.

New Lions Club Member

On Wednesday 25th March, Downpatrick Lions Club was proud to induct a new member.  Lion Myles Milhench was introduced to the club by Treasurer Graham Dickson and was welcomed as our newest member by Lion President Tommy Briggs.

Downshire Brass Band

Downpatrick Lions have finally been able to express their thanks to the Downshire Brass Band for all of their generosity in playing for the last two Christmas Concerts.   Conductor Prof. Michael Alcorn and Band Chairman Gary Dodsworth gave a presentation on the Brass Band and it's history for the club members and we were delighted to present them with a cheque for £500 towards their costs in taking part in the European Brass Band Championships in Germany this year.


Lions Charter Night 2015

Downpatrick Lions 42nd Charter Dinner was held on Saturday 21st February at the Burrendale in Newcastle.  It was a delightful evening made special by our honoured guest, the Vice District Governor, Marion Conneely, who presented long service awards to Lions, Seamus McMullan, Vincent Murphy, John Orr, John McGrath, Damian McKee, Colin McKee and Secretary Pat Sheridan and Past President Brendan Kearney.

Lions Support Downe Hospital


On Saturday 14th February the whole of Downpatrick turned out to support Downe Hospital.  Downpatrick Lions Club showed their support, not only with a banner and participants in the march, but also as marshals for the parade.   And of course Lion Seamus McMullan was the official marshal for the whole event!

The Lions Christmas Concert 2014


The Lions Christmas Concert was held on 12th December 2014 at the St Patrick's Grammar School and a great time was had by all, performers and audience alike. A great deal of thanks go to all the members of the various charity organisations who turned up for the Parade of Local Heroes....it gave us a chance to thank them and also showed the audience the range of community organisations that Downpatrick Lions support throughout the year!

Badges Galore!!!

At the meeting on 12th November, Lion Vincent Murphy showed the members the collection of Lions Badges and insignia that had been collected over a lifetime of Lionism by Tom Morrison a previous Club President.  The collection was presented to the club by Margaret Morrison his widow.  The Club expresses its thanks for the gift!

Defib Collection at Ballymote October 2014

Saturday 25th October Lions turned out to collect for the installation of a Defibrillator at Ballymote Centre. The Community Association have agreed to donate £500 towards the project and the Lions collection of £568 will help towards the rest of the costs. The unit is to be located just inside the Super Valu Store at Ballymote, housed in a special cabinet.  Training sessions to use the equipment will be held for staff and interested parties in the near future

MONSTER Street Collection October 2014


Saturday 11th October, Lions turned out with buckets at the ready for a Street Collection in Downpatrick.

Lion Mark Johnston excelled this year by wearing a Frankenstein's Monster costume, whilst his daughter wore a cuddly Dinosaur outfit.  The day was a real success and £1475 was collected for Marie Curie and also Lions Charities.

Cheque presentation to NI Children's Hospice

  At a recent meeting of Downpatrick Lions Club the President Tom Briggs handed over a cheque for £800 to Ralph Forbes from Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice. They depend on the generosity of the local community to raise £2.5million each year to run the units at Newtownabbey & Enniskillen & in thanking the Lions Club Ralph went on to outline the overall work of the Hospice in Northern Ireland & especially the respite care given to the families.
Left to right Ralph Forbes, President Downpatrick Lions Tom Briggs & Past President Brendan Kearney

Sophie Lyttle cheque presentation

Sophie Lyttle is made of the right stuff.  She wanted to raise money for the NI Cancer Fund for Sick Children, but became ill herself.

But rather than giving up, she waited until she was better and has now cycled 50 miles solo and with the help of Downpatrick Lions and Ballynahinch Lions Clubs has raised a total of £1106.19 for the Cancer Fund.

Shown in the photo with Sophie and friend are Lion President Tommy Briggs, Ken Dryden and from Ballynahinch Lions Francey Casement and  Vice President Colin McCordick

Lions Handover Night 2014


The Handover Night 2014 took place on 25th June at Denvirs Hotel in Downpatrick. President Brendan handed over the Chain of Office and the New President Tommy Briggs proundly took his place in charge of Downpatrick Lions Club. Awards were handed out to Deirdre Hazel and Margaret for their sterling work on Downsound, the Lions reading service for the visually impaired and the President's Arts Award was given to Hilary Medhurst in recognition of her fundraising efforts in the Christmas Concert.  Finally two new Melvin Jones Fellowships were awarded to Lion Pat Sheridan and Lion Ken Dryden in honour of their outstanding works on behalf of Lions International.  The evening was a great success and another Lions Year began.

Melvin Jones Fellowship 2014

The members of Downpatrick Lions Club who are also proud members of the Melvin Jones Fellowship met for dinner on 8th May.  One interesting statistic is that the average age is 72, but total years in the service of lions now totals 366.

Down County Museum

The presentation of the Third Defibrillator as part of the Community-Based Project in the Downpatrick area took place at the Museum in English Street, Downpatrick today the 16th  May. The Downpatrick Lions Club President Brendan Kearney presented a portable defibrillator to the Museum Curator Mr Mike King and his staff. Staff from other premises in English Street had hoped  to be in attendance.

Mr King was anxious that the museum should have a defibrillator because of the wide age range of people who visit this popular venue in Downpatrick. He is also pleased that the portable machine will be available for use anywhere in English Street in an emergency.

Downpatrick Lions Club are delighted with the initiative taken by Mr King and his staff to purchase a defibrillator, which they view as a continuation of the ongoing project commenced by Lions in Downpatrick these past two years. The Lions Club were pleased to assist Mr King with the purchase of the machine and the training of staff from the museum and other local people.


Defibrillator training certificate presented to Anne Kelly

 Downpatrick Lion President Brendan Kearney presents the Defibrillator Training certificate to Anne Kelly of the Down Museum.

The Lions have presented the defibrillator to Mike King the Museum Director and Anne is the first member of the Museum staff to be trained in it’s use.  Anne took part in the recent training session which took place in Murphy’s Bar in the town.

3 LAKES RUN 2014


The 3 Lakes Run took place on 10th May in rather showery conditions, however as can be seen from the photos, nothing could dampen the runners and walkers resolve.  A great day was had by all and money was raised for DRP.


14K Race
1 Brendan Teer - East Down AC
2 Richard Coey - Ballydrain Harriers...
3 James Savage - East \Down AC
1st Over 40 Male
Francis Tumelty - East Down AC
1st Over 50 Male
Richard Hand - Dromore

14K Race

1. Virginia Ervine - Mourne Runners
2 Janette Bailie - Dromore
3 Lisa Milligan - East Down AC
1st Over 40 Female
Sarah Buckley
1st Over 50 Female
Ann George - Murlough

7K Race
1 Daniel Atkinson - East Down
2 Callum McCabe - Lagan Valley
3 Niall Smyth
1 Pamela Young
2 Orla Tumelty
Julie George


Children's Heartbeat Trust

At the Lions Club meeting on 9th April, Lion President Brendan Kearney presented at cheque for £750 to Stephen Gallagher of the Children's Heartbeat Trust

Lions Float St Patricks Day 2014


The St Patrick's Day Parade this year was treated to a Fancy Dressed Lions. Taking part were Lions Mark Johnson together with his children  and Lion Roger Dunford who is sporting the long blond wig........could be our first lady lion from a distance

Lions at Opening of Daisy Lodge March 2014


Saturday 30th March Downpatrick Lions were invited to the opening of the new facility at Shimna Valley, Newcastle.

The event was attended by Lion President Brendan Kearney, Fergus and Helyn Kelly, Peter and Kathleen McKenny, Keith Johnson and David and Hilary Medhurst.

Daisy Lodge is a fantastic project, which only took one year to complete and is to the standard of a 5 star hotel.

Brendan took the opportunity to official present a cheque for £1000 to Patricia Kidd of the charity from Downpatrick Lions. Also present in the above last photo is the Chief Executive Gillian Creevy.

Defibrillator Training March 2014

The photograph shows Brendan Kearney(Downpatrick Lions Club President)  presenting Certificates to Kenny Thomas(left) and Ryan Teggart(right), staff at Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant, Downpatrick who successfully achieved first aid qualification with the British Red Cross in their ‘Basic Life Support and Defibrillator(AED) Training’.

The Downpatrick Lions Club have now organised a third training session to be held on Tuesday 29th April 2014 as part of their ongoing programme to ensure that the community in the Downpatrick area have people with the skills to help save a life, including the use of portable defibrillators. The venue for this third session on 29th April will be Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant, Market Street, Downpatrick, from 7pm – 10pm.

Because of the excellent ‘feedback’ from the thirty participants in the first two sessions,  Lion Seamus McMullan has confirmed that Mr Magowan from the British Red Cross will again be the trainer on this forthcoming session. He also said how appreciative the Lions Club are that Mr Bartley Murphy has offered his premises for the Defibrillator training and will also sponsoring all costs associated with the training session on the 29th April’14.

Anyone who would like to take part in the training sessions is asked to contact Seamus McMullan, telephone (028) 44612496.

The Lions Club are also pleased to announce that the conversion of the British Telecom Kiosk at Market Street, Downpatrick to house an AED(Automated External Defibrillator) for public use 24hours a day, is due to commence within the next few weeks. There were valid reasons why this could not be achieved in the later part of 2013, but all the agencies involved are now about to confirm a starting date for this important part of the defibrillator project.

Presentation to PIPS

At the Lions club meeting on 12th March 2014, Patricia McAteer addressed the members on the work of the PIPS organisation (Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide)  in the Downpatrick area & how they are currently sourcing suitable premises at a low rent in the town to further develop their work.
Lion President presented Patricia with a cheque for £500 raised by the club at a recent jazz night.

Charter Night February 22nd 2014


The 41st Charter Night of Downpatrick Lions Club was held at the Ballydugan Mill Hotel and was a great success. The dinner was excellent and was followed by music played by the Little Big Band.

Downpatrick Lions sign petition 

Members of Downpatrick Lions Club gathered to give their support and sign a petition to retain the A & E Department full time at Downe Hospital.

The Lions have a long connection with Downe Hospital, as they funded the first Cardiac/accident ambulance for Downpatrick in 1974. This was the first ambulance of it’s type in Northern Ireland and gave Downe Hospital a ground breaking facility.

Pictured in the photograph seated, are Lion President Brendan Kearney and Eamonn McGrady, Chair of the Downe Community Health Committee and standing from left to right are Lions David Medhurst, Graham Dickson, Vincent Murphy, Fergus Kelly, Seamus McMullan, Ken Dryden, Colin McKee and Sean Carvill.

Downpatrick Lions present the second defibrillator to the Town.

Following the successful fundraising by the Lions Christmas Concert and the generous donation from Gigi Hair Graduates and previous events, the second defibrillator has been given to Downpatrick.

This defibrillator will eventually be housed in a converted Telephone Box in the Market Square, but to make this unit available immediately Gordons Chemist shop in Market Street has agreed act as it’s temporary home!

The photograph show the unit being presented to Gordon’s Manager Sean Seally and Conor Tumelty by Lion President Brendan Kearney on Friday 14th February. Also in the photograph are Margaret McCauley, Jackie Newell and Emma Connelly of Gigi together with Lions Tom Briggs and Fergus Kelly.

The second training session in use of the defibrillator and resuscitation for local business people took place on Tuesday 11th February at Murphy’s Bar and Restaurant.

A big thank you from Downpatrick Lions to all who have donated to make this possible.

The First Downpatrick Defibrillator presented to Asda store by Downpatrick Lions Club. 

Using the money raised by the successful Lions Christmas Concert, the first defibrillator has been purchased and presented to the Asda Store in Downpatrick.

The main photo shows the defibrillator and special cabinet being presented to Asda General Store Manager, Kate Oaks and Asda Community Life Champion, Emma McKee by Downpatrick Lion President Brendan Kearney accompanied by  Lions, Seamus McMullan, Tom Briggs, Fergus Kelly and Ken Drysdale.

The defibrillator will be operational in the store in the very near future, following the initial training and setup of the equipment.  The next training session will take place at on Tuesday 11th February and a number of Asda staff as well local business people and interested individuals will be taking part. The training photos attached relate to the defibrillator training which took place just before Christmas at the Lakeside Inn at Ballydugan.

Further defibrillators are due to be made operational in the very near future!

Jazz at the Mill - Jan 2014

Saturday 18th November 2014 the Lions held an evening of Trad Jazz at the Ballydugan Mill. The music was provided by the Bourbon Swing New Orleans Jazz Band who played many favourites from the Trad Jazz catalogue. The interval group were the Little Big Band a group of brilliant young musicians who wowed the audience with their fabulous set. The event was in aid of PIPS suicide prevention.

GIGI-Hair Graduates Donation Jan 2014

Margaret McCauley and the staff at Gigi- Hair Graduates donated their entire days earnings of Christmas Eve to the Lions Defibrillator Charity appeal.  The cheque for £1400 was gratefully received by Lion President Brendan Kearney from Margaret and her staff.  This is a very generous act and very much appreciated by Downpatrick Lions Club.

Presentation to Shimna Valley

At the Lions Christmas Dinner at the Burrendale in Newcastle, a cheque was presented to Patricia Kidd of Shimna Valley Children's Hospice. Lions support the excellent work done by the Hospice.


Lions Christmas Concert


Friday 13th December Lions Christmas Concert took place in St Patrick's Grammar School, Downpatrick  and was a great success. Schools taking part were Downpatrick Primary, St Patrick's Grammar and Knockevin Special School.

A good time was had by all and the concert raised £2,800 for the Defibrillator project.

Peter Calvert in Namibia

Earlier this year Lions helped to fund an educational/adventure trip by 18 year old Peter Calvert to Namibia. On 13th November he paid a visit to the club meeting to report on his travels.  He had a great time and his trip included scientific projects, as well as archaeology digs and encounters with wildlife, in particular a herd of elephants...the photos were spectacular.

Patrician Youth Club

The meeting on the 23rd had a visit from Colin McGrath of the Patrician Youth Club, who gave a short presentation on the work of the club and its aims.  The club is designed for youngsters from 4 to 25 years of age and operates an after school activities club for the children of working parents.

Calendar Boys!!!!!

Well you've all heard  of the Calendar Girls... this is the Lions version, (thankfully fully clothed), launching the 2014 edition of the Lions Calendar. The calendars, which show old photos of Downpatrick, are being presented to the club by Peter McKenny, Lion President Brendan and Fergus Kelly.  The calendars are on sale in Downpatrick and there will be Lions selling the calendars in Market Street in the first week of December.

Presentation to the McMullan Family

Following the Race Night, the McMullan Family together with Declan came to the Lions meeting at the Lakeside Inn on 23rd October, where they were presented with a cheque for £2000 by Lion President Brendan.  Also in the photograph is Brian McGurkin who was one of the main organisers of the race night.

Guide Dogs Presentation

At the meeting on 9th October 2013 Pauline McKenna came with her golden Labrador Lena, her guide dog, and showed a delightful and informative film on the training and selection of guide dogs. The evening was a social occasion and the Lions wives were very taken  with the delightful Lena.  A cheque for £5000 was presented to Pauline for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the photo shows Pauline and Lena together with Lion President Brendan Kearney and Past President Sean Carvill.

Race Night at the Lakeside Inn

Saturday 28th September Downpatrick Lions held a Race Night in conjunction with Brian McGurkin on behalf of the McMullan Family of Crossgar.  A really great Night was had by all...... and almost £2000 was raised to assist the Family in caring for Declan McMullan.  Well done to all concerned!!!!!

Long Accounting Service Recognised

At the meeting on 11th September 2013 Lion Cecil Johnston was honoured by Lion President Brendan Kearney for his years of dedicated service to the Club in producing the Annual Accounts.  Lion Cecil has now taken well earned retirement and the Accounts will be produced by another local firm of accountants.

Golf Tournament 2013

Saturday 31st August saw the first fundraising event of the new Lions Year....the Annual Golf Tournament. The picture shows Lion President Brendan with Club Secretary Pat surveying the scene. The Golf Tournament raised £2526 for Lions Charities. More details on winners later! The picture on the right shows the tournament winners with President Brendan and Secretary Pat.

Presidential Handover Evening June 2013

Wednesday 26th June the Presidential baton was handed from Sean Carvill as outgoing President to Brendan Kearney as the new incumbant.  The evening concluded with a splendid barbecue held in a marquee at the Lakeside Inn all accompanied to music.

Presentation for Outstanding Service June 2013

At the Handover Meeting, as his last presidential act outgoing Lion President Sean Carvill made a presentation to Secretary Pat Sheridan for his outstanding service throughout the year.


At a recent Downpatrick Lions Club meeting Brian Garrett from "Men Against Cancer Foundation" addressed the members. This is a local Northern Ireland charity set up specificly to educate & encourage "Men" to take action & get a check up.  He said if men detect any unusual activity in the area of testis or prostrate do not delay get checked out immediately. It is a fact that 24 men die daily in the UK from prostrate cancer alone, men should be aware of their body & remember to get checked out for testicular & prostrate cancer. President of Downpatrick Lions Club Sean Carvill thanked Brian for his address and presented a cheque for £1000 raised at a recent street collection towards the work of this Northern Ireland charity.
Left to right in pic: President Sean Carvill - Brian Garrett - Lion Ken Dryden convenor of the street collection event.

Asda Fundraising May 2013

Saturday 25th May, Downpatrick Lions magnificently supported by friends and family held a bag pack at the ASDA store to raise money for two new Defibrillators for the people of Downpatrick.   One of the units will be located in the ASDA Store itself and key staff will be trained in it's use.  The second unit it is hoped, will be located in the town centre.  More later!!!!

Presentation to Declan McMullan

At a recent function Downpatrick Lions Club presented a cheque for £1000 to John McMullan from Crossgar.  In March 2012 John's son Declan had a cardiac arrest and despite being given CPR by John and many electric shocks by paramedics, Declan now suffers from Hypoxia Ischaemic permanent brain injury brought on by lack of oxygen.  Their family home has to be adapted to accommodate Declan and his requirements.  The Lions cheque will go towards making the changes needed.  The picture shows Lion President Sean Carvill, Declan's brother, Declan himself and his father John.

Youth Boxing Presentation


Lion President Sean Carvill presents a cheque for Youth Activities to Pegasus A.B.C. for a Boxing Event.

The 3 Lakes Run


Saturday 11th May the first Lions 3 Lakes run took place starting and finishing at the Lakeside Inn.  The event was well attended and the field included an number of runners who had been in both the London and Belfast Marathon which had only taken place a few days earlier. The Results are as follows:

14K Winners - Men 1st Brendan Teer - East Down AC     2nd Paul Carroll - Annadale Striders    3rd Martin Willcox - East Down AC     1st Over 40 - Alan Johnston - Murlough AC    1st Over 50 - Pat McCavana - Dundrum South Dublin 

 Ladies   1st Karen Alexander - Sperrin Harriers   2nd Catherine O'Connor - East Down AC    3rd Alison Carroll    1st Over 40 - Linda Cunningham - East Down AC    1st Over 50 - Anne George - Murlough AC

 7K Results   1st Male - Chris O'Connor - East Down AC   1st Lady - Sandra Hassan - Seaforde Rookies

Lions Quiz Night - April 2013

A table quiz was held on Saturday 13 April at the Lakeside Inn and raised a total of £565.   This evening was in aid of the family of Declan McMurray aged 19 of Crossgar, who suffered at heart attack at home and briefly died but was resuscitated by his father. He unfortunately suffered brain damage.  Downpatrick Lions Club has made up the amount to be presented to £1000.

Street Collection Saturday 11 April 2013

A street collection in Market Street Downpatrick was held on a really wet day but resulted in a bucket collection of £1414 plus 12 Euros.  Lion Vincent Murphy made the total up to £1420 to keep matters tidy!!!!!

Melvin Jones Fellowship April 2013

A special dinner was held by the members of Downpatrick Lions Club, who also have the honour to be members of the Melvin Jones Fellowship.The photo shows from front left to right - Cecil Johnston - John Riordan - Peter McKenny - Vincent Murphy - Terry Torney - President Sean Carvill  - Fergus Kelly - Graham Dickson - Brendan Kearney - Seamus McMullan

St Patrick's Day Parade - Mar 2013

Downpatrick Lions once again made their presence felt in the Annual St Patrick's Day Parade through the Downpatrick Town Centre.  This year Thomas the Tank Engine volunteered to represent the Lions Club with the able assistance of Colin McKee and Fundraising Director Tom Briggs together with Roger Dunford and Mark Johnston.

Presentation of Shield to St Patricks Grammar School  Mar 2013

A Lions Shield was presented to St Patrick's Grammar School By Lion President Sean Carvill on 14th March 2013. Also in the photograph representing Downpatrick Lions Club was Honorary Secretary Pat Sheridan, together with the Principal Sean Sloan and the Vice Principal Joe McCann together with some of the pupils.

Lions Quiz Night - Mar 2013

A table quiz was held on Saturday 2nd March 2013 by Downpatrick Lions at the Lakeside Inn.  The proceeds of £477 raised were made up to £500 and presented to Cancer Focus NI.

40th Charter Night  Feb 2013

Saturday 16th February 2013  the Downpatrick Lions Club 40th Anniversary Charter Night was held at the Burrendale Hotel in Newcastle Co Down.  The Charter Night was well attended and graced by many dignitaries including Joe Smith Lions District Governor.

The first photo shows the top table and the second Lion President Sean Carvill and District Governor Joe Smith cutting the commemorative cake.

Planting an Oak Tree  Feb 2013

As part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations Lion District Governor Joe Smith planted an oak tree in commemoration, ably assisted by President Sean Carvill and notable members of the Downpatrick Lions Club.



Presentation of Shield to De La Salle High School   Dec 2012

A Lions Shield was presented to Pupils of De La Salle High School By Lion President Sean Carvill on 4th December 2012. Also representing Downpatrick Lions Club was Honorary Secretary Pat Sheridan and The Headmaster Barry Sharvin and his Deputy Head together with some of the boys.



Down District Council Commemorate Downpatrick Lions 40th Anniversary  Nov 2012


On Wednesday 21st November 2012 Councillor Michael Coogan, Chairperson of Down District Council invited the members of Downpatrick Lions Club to an official reception, to mark and honour their 40 years of service to the community.  Lion President Sean Carvill presented Councillor Coogan with a Lions pennant to mark the occasion. Following the reception the club members were given a tour of the facilities by Veronica Keegan, Marketing Manager for Down District Council.



Pictured on the left with President Sean Carvill and Councillor Michael Coogan, are five of the remaining seven Charter Members of the Club, Lions Terry Torney, Peter McKenny, Fergus Kelly, Vincent Murphy and Graham Dickson.  Missing from the photograph are Charter Members Lions John Riordan and Cecil Johnston.

Pictured in the middle photo are President Sean Carvill and Councillor Michael Coogan and Lion Vincent Murphy.  The final picture on the right shows Past District Governor Keith Johnson, together with Councillor Michael Coogan and President Sean Carvill, who is also a Past District Governor.

Special Road Sign  Nov 2012

A special road sign has been erected on the main road into Downpatrick to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Downpatrick Lions Club.  The picture shows Lion President Sean Carvill together with Lion Vincent Murphy inspecting the new addition to the landscape!

Lions present Annual Trophies - Nov 2012

As part of Downpatrick Lions 40th Anniversary celebrations special commemorative plaques have been presented to several local schools to be awarded annually to outstanding students. 

The photos show Lion President Sean presenting Mrs Darling, Principal of St Mary's High School with their 'Lions Environmental' permanent plaque.


Presentation of cheque at Knockevin School, with from the right Lion Ken Dryden, Principal Mrs Anne Cooper, one of the pupils and his carer.


Presentation to Blackwater College with Acting Principal Alan Hutchinson and recipients of trophy.



Presentation of Trophy at Down High School with recipient and teacher responsible for 'Enviornmental Project'


ASDA Supermarket Collection - Nov 2012

 Saturday 10th November A collection was taken at ASDA Supermarket in Downpatrick.  Photographed are Lion Tom Briggs, Director of Fundraising and Lion Keith Johnson. The total raised from generous shoppers was £653.08 which will be donated to Lions charities


Tree Planting - November 2012

In the Week beginning 5th November 105 tree saplings were dispatched to Downpatrick Lions by the Woodland Trust. These included an oak sapling grown from a seed supplied from one of the Royal Estates. They were planted at St. Mary's High School and Downpatrick P S with the help of Lions, teachers and pupils.

Quiz Night - 27th October 2012

A Lions Quiz Night was held at the Lakeside Inn  and raised a total of £420.  The proceeds of the quiz will go to Lion John Orr's farm and hospital project in Uganda

Lions Street Collection - October 2012

The street collection made a total of £1457, thanks to the generosity of the people of Downpatrick.  £1000 of this total will go towards Knockevin Special Care School on Downpatrick.

The story of a Gamesmaker - October 2012

Margaret Orr was the speaker at the Social Night and she arrived resplendent in her Olympic Volunteer Uniform.  It had been her lifetime's ambition to see the Games and she applied to be a volunteer and was chosen out of 2500 who applied in NI.  She was proud to have been made a Team Leader and as a GamesMaker she really experienced the excitement of the huge event in London.  She was mainly located in the XL Centre and was thrilled to be so close to all the action.  She still marvels at the fact that there were 70,000 volunteers of all ages and she never heard a cross word throughout the entire event.  It was lovely to hear her enthusiasm for such a special event.

Lions Donation to the Alzheimers Society - October 2012

Following the successful Golf Tournament, a cheque for £1000 was given to the Alzheimers Society.  I was collected by Claire Keenan on behalf of the Society, who is pictured here receiving the cheque from Lion President Sean Carvill and also George Lowden of Lowden Guitars who was a principal sponsor in the Golf Tournament.

Lions Annual Golf Tournament - September 2012

The Annual Lions Golf Tournament was held on Saturday 1st September 2012 at Downpatrick Golf Club.

Photographed here are, on left Anthony Carson, Dessie Noade and Adrian Carson and front left Danny Teggart and Barry Toner, with Lion President, Sean Carvill.  The weather was great and over 200 golfers took part, competing for £300 in prizes.

The 1st prize was won by Brian Cassidy, 2nd was Mark Gibney, 3rd was Dessie Noade and 4th was Barry Toner.  The Gross Winner was Anthony Carson and the Seniors winner was Adrian Carson.  The event was very successful with all proceeds going to the Alzheimers Society.

Presidents Handover Night June 2012

Wednesday 27th June at Aldos Restaurant in Ardglass was the official Handover Evening when Lion President Fergus Kelly handed the reins of power to Lion President Sean Carvill who will be Downpatrick Lions President for the forthcoming year.


The Downpatrick Lion of the Year Award for 2011 to 2012 was presented by Lion President Fergus Kelly as one of his last official duties to Lion Brendan Kearney for all of his sterling work for the Club.



An important event of the evening was when Mrs Margaret Morrison, the widow of Tom Morrison, presented a new Lectern to the club in memory of her late husband, who had been an outstanding Lion and also a past President of the club.  This was received on behalf of Downpatrick Lions by the New President who then was able to 'christen' the new lectern in thanking the Morrison Family for their wonderful gift.  This will be a memorial to Tom Morrison for many, many years to come.


The evening came to a close with the presentation of flowers to Margaret Morrison above and also to Margaret Ferguson of the Lakeside Inn, in thanks for hosting the club meetings at the Lakeside Inn together with Geoffrey her husband.


Donation to Sight Savers May 2012

A cheque for £250 was donated by Downpatrick Lions Club to Sightsavers this was provided by fundraising events during the year.  This donation has gone to assist with the Comprehensive Eye Services project in Northern India.

The work is covering districts of Jashpur, Bastar, Jhabua and Kanpur and helps improve the lives of vulnerable adults and children throughout the region. Children like fourteen year-old Manisha pictured here with her family.

Social Night at Oakley Fayre - 9th May 2012

A well attended Social Night allowed Lions and their wives to have a pleasant meal together and to be able to present three cheques to deserving causes.


A cheque for £1200 was presented by Lion President Fergus Kelly and Lion Billy Curran to Patricia Kidd and Joan Burden of the NI Cancer Fund for Children at the Shimna Valley Centre. The Fund which supports the whole family through cancer, operates a Respite Centre and the money will go towards a £3 Million refubishment of the Newcastle Centre.


A cheque for £500 was also presented to Ann Cooper the Head of Knockeven Primary School as part of the Lions support for the Special Music Therapy provision.  The scheme which is supported by Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle Lions Clubs allows the Music Therapy for disabled children from 3 to 19yrs to continue after government funding was cut. The cheque is being presented by Lion President Fergus Kelly and Lion Pat Sheridan the club secretary.


The final cheque for £500 was presented to the Strangford and Ardglass Support group for the Northern Ireland Hospice.  This Charity offers respite care for dying and life-limited children.  The cheque present to Ralph Forbes, standing in for Alan Johnston from the trust, is towards their Building Fund. Presenting the cheque are Lion President Fergus Kelly and Lion Brendan Kearney, Director of Fund Raising.

Annual Street Collection  -  21st April 2012

The Annual Street Collection was held on Saturday 21st April.  There was a good turnout and the people of Downpatrick once again opened their hearts and their wallets giving a very creditable collection for the day of £2076, which will be put towards Lions Charities.

Downpatrick Lions Charter Dinner - 24 March 2012

The 39th Anniversary Dinner was held on Saturday 24th March at The Burndale Hotel in Newcastle Co Down and a great time was had by all. Downpatrick Lions Club President was joined by Vice District Governor Liam Lyons and the evening was superbly hosted by Lion Brendan Kearney.

Vice District Guvernor Liam Lyons and President Fergus Kelly with cheque for £500 donated to Street People

Angela Gilchrist from Downpatrick House Romania Appeal is presented with £1000 by Lions Cecil Johnston and Keith Johnston

Lion Ken Dryden presents a cheque for £1000 to Liam  Lyons on behalf of the Horn of Africa Childrens Appeal

The Organisation chosen for a special award this year  is the Mourne Mountain Rescue Service.

Ed Kilgore receives a cheque for £500 from Pesident Fergus Kelly

St Patricks Day Parade 2012


The Lions float took part in the St Patricks Day Parade with Lion Tom dressed in a Lion suitably supported by Lions children and other members.



New 105i District Magazine

Pictured at the launch of the New 105i district magazine is Ireland and Ulster Rugby’s International Hooker Rory Best with the Mayor of Armagh City Freda Donnelly, also Lion Brendan Kearney, Lion Seamus McMullan and Lion District Governor Sean Sanford.


Patrick updates Downpatrick Lions on his expedition to Peru 2 November 2010

Patrick Calvert recently attended a meeting of Downpatrick Lions Club to give details of his recent educational expedition to Peru. Altogether Patrick spent five weeks in the Peruvian Amazon with 45 other young people from across the UK. He described the trip “as the adventure of a lifetime”

“Commenting on the support given to Patrick, Colin Mc Kee President of Downpatrick Lions said “We were delighted to have been able to make a small contribution to support Patrick in making the long trek to Peru. I know the efforts he put in to fundraising for the trip and I was delighted he returned to thank the Lions for their support and to tell us how he got on.

Patrick shared his photographs with the Lions and gave a presentation on the research he was involved in.

Note to editor:

Above Patrick Calvert shows members of Downpatrick Lions Club an impressive catalogue of photographs from the Peruvian Amazon. Looking on are Lions members Vincent Murphy, Sean Carvill, Seamus McMullen, Ken Dryden, Pat Sheridan and Brendan Kearney.

ASDA Supermarket Draw  - 27 October 2010

The Annual ASDA supermarket draw will take place on Friday 29 October at around 8pm.Tickets at £1 each will be on sale in the foyer of ASDA supermarket from Wednesday the 27 October. There will be three prizes. First prize is a voucher for £200, second a voucher for £50 and third a voucher for £25.Vouchers can be redeemed for groceries etc. in ASDA. This event is being managed by Roger Dunford who can be contacted at mailto:ballyrenan@yahoo.com/

 Pub Quiz     -  23 October 2010

Saturday 23 October 2010. Venue Lakeside Inn Downpatrick. In aid of local charities. 7.30 for 8.00pm. Teams of six. Maximum twelve teams. Entry fee including sandwich supper £5. All welcome. If you would like to submit any questions for the Quiz email mailto:seamus.magee@btinternet.com/.

Annual Street Collection   -  23 October 2010

Street collection for Childrens Hospice and Local Lions charities took place on Saturday October 16th in beautiful sunny weather There was a great response from the public in Downpatrick which raised a record amount for the chosen charities.Thanks to Lion Ken Dryden and Billy Curran for their excellent organisation on the day.

On behalf of Downpatrick Lions Club I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Downpatrick and the surrounding area for their generosity in supporting the... 

Businesses/Shops/Trades Evening   -  21 October 2010

Down County museum is running a community history project in partnership with the Somme Heritage Centre. As part of this Downpatrick Lions and the Down Business Forum are producing a DVD and publication on the history of shops trades and businesses in Downpatrick. A night to show progress has been arranged for Thursday 21 October at 7pm. All are welcome and refreshments and a glass of wine will be on offer.

2011 Calendars  -  15 October 2010

The highly regarded Lions Calendar will be available to order from early October. Make sure you order a copy for your family and friends.

Car boot sale Down County Museum  -  9 October 2010

A car boot sale held in the grounds of Down County museum raised a total of £240. This will go towards supporting local Lions charities. Thanks to all who attended and our appreciation to the museum for allowing us to use its wonderful facilities.

Pub quiz  -  25 September 2010

A grand total of £530 was raised at the Lions pub quiz held on the 25 September. All proceeds will go to support Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda. Thanks to those who attended and supported this event.