Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club hosted a celebration evening in The Carraig Hotel to celebrate winning Lions Club of the Year and its success in the annual Young Ambassador of the 21st Century competition.
The large attendance at the function included Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh and his fellow councillors, Senator Denis Landy, incoming Lions District Governor Liam Lyons, Regional Chairman Ger Cashman, Zone Chairperson Caroline Foley Kearns and representatives from Lions Clubs around the South East Region.
Club President Stephanie Keating told the ceremony that the Youth Award competition was one of the signature projects of Lions International and was designed to acknowledge and encourage the voluntary work of young people in the community.
She outlined Carrick Lion Club’s great record in the competition over the past 30 years and thanked the town’s voluntary organisations and schools for their support and for nominating candidates every year.
Stephanie especially honoured two of those people Peter McCarthy and Mairead Tobin.
Youth Award Officer Ann Ellis, on behalf of the Carrick on Suir Lions Club, presented a Regional
Trophy to Regional Chairman Ger Cashman for presentation in future years.
Vice District Governor Liam Lyons congratulated the Carrick on Suir Club on its excellent achievements since the club’s formation in 1969.
He said the club should be very proud of its contribution to the town and locality and also praised the club’s significant contributions to the Lions District Organisation, having been honoured as Club of the Year three times.
Mayor Cllr Liam Walsh congratulated the club on its successes. It was a vibrant and proactive club that also demonstrated the huge potential that exists among the young people of Carrick-on-Suir, he said.
The principle of participation was crucial in order for young people to become active citizens and develop long-lasting habits of civic engagement.
The Mayor also praised the club for its commitment to the local community, especially the less well off and those in need.
Guest speakers at the awards evening were Management Consultant Blaise Brosnan and the winner
of this year’s Young Ambassador of the Year Adam Harris from Bray Lions Club. Since winning the All-Ireland title, he has gone on to win the British Isles Young Ambassador award and will now represent this Region at European level
Mr. Brosnan gave a power point presentation and urged people to use their head and work hard as the way to being a success in business. He quoted liberally from two books he has written – ‘You are the Limiting Factor’ and ‘Jack’.
Adam Harris was the star of the evening. He spoke brilliantly without notes.
He has launched a new Smart Phone App to help people who are suicidal or suffering from depression.
It is designed to enable young people in any part of the country to instantly access help lines and support services in their area.
Adam came up with the concept of the App for the GRASP (Greater Responsibility and Awareness in Suicide Prevention) Life Foundation with the support of the Bursary he received as Young Ambassador of the Year.
All guests at the awards evening enjoyed a buffet supper followed by tea, coffee and a cake to celebrate the occasion.
The honour of cutting the cake was bestowed on Carrick Lions Club’s most distinguished member Kieran Doran, who has filled key positions in the club and at national level.
Only for work commitments, he could have been in the running for the post of District Governor. Kieran spoke about how the club has changed since he joined 20 years ago, with the most significant change being the introduction of females members.
He said this brought glamour and a new dimension to the club and was largely responsible for the top class club it has become today.
Kieran thanked the people of the town and surrounding hinterland for their continued support and generosity over the years.
He highlighted the social aspect as well as the work involved, and congratulated John Butler for spearheading the Carrick United U-15 team to the national soccer semi-final.