The Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival is the main beneficiary of Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club’s annual fundraising walk that took place last Wednesday, May 25.
All proceeds from the walk between Ormond Castle and Glencomeragh House Retreat Centre will help cover the free family events at the Clancy Festival this weekend.
Lions Club President Maria Madden decided to combine the walk with presentations to retiring member Brendan Mulvaney and Bernie Cox, retiring Director of Nursing at St Bridget’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir.
At the conclusion of the walk in Glencomeragh, Maria spoke about the good humanitarian work Lion Clubs undertake worldwide.
Like all volunteers, she said Lions members are unsung heroes and heroines seeking no reward as they quietly and with big hearts reach out a hand of friendship and support.
As experienced volunteers, they know the truth and worth of the saying “it is in giving that we receive”.
In that context, Maria recognised the contribution of Brendan Mulvaney in giving 24 years to Carrick on Suir Lions Club. He joined in 1988. On behalf of all the members, she thanked Brendan and wished him and his family the very best in health, happiness and peace.
Brendan was presented with a Lions Club ‘Award of Excellence’ plaque and a voucher and his wife Maureen with a bouquet of flowers.
Bernie Cox was also presented with a bouquet of flowers and a voucher and Maria thanked her for her cooperation with the Lions Club through the years, especially in relation to the club’s close association with the St. Camilus Room in the hospital.
Maria spoke about a new project the club has taken on in the hospital garden with the Lions Club members volunteering to do some of the work. She praised Bernie and the hospital staff for the loving care and attention they give to patients, many of them spending their last days in the hospital’s peaceful surroundings.
There was a prayer service in the Glencomeragh Chapel and Maria thanked Fr Pierce and Rev George Cliffe for leading the prayers and the Suir Valley Choir for providing the music.
She also thanked Ralph and Catrine O’Callaghan and Marie Therese Connolly for the food, Glenpatrick Water for sponsoring the bottled water and Piltown Coaches for providing return transport to Carrick-on-Suir.