Lions Club presents €8,000 to local organisations

IT was Friday the 13th, but that did not put off the Lads of Tullamore Lions Club hosting this years very superstitious Lads Lunch.

IT was Friday the 13th, but that did not put off the Lads of Tullamore Lions Club hosting this years very superstitious Lads Lunch.

Despite all the fear of organising a charity event in recession times, the Lads of Tullamore ‘dug deep’.

The numbers were up on last year and the generosity during the auction as well as the raffle was a reflection on the true meaning of being Irish (Generous to a fault).

The net result of putting 200 plus lads in a room with two bars, great steaks and entertainment, is great Fun and Laughter, but most importantly, the presentation last Thursday of two cheques to the two benefiting charities of €4,000 each.

The two local organisations that received cheques on Thursday, June 21 were Offaly School of Special Education located in Kilcruttin Centre Tullamore and Offaly ID who are the Offaly organisation for people with Intellectual Disabilities, who have their offices in Henry Street Tullamore.

Both organisations have said they will utilize the funds to make purchases in the area of IT specific to special needs learning.

Tullamore Lions Club would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” all those who contributed to the night.

Lions Club President, Paul Bell, whose tenure is coming to a close soon, has said that he would like to thank his Lads Lunch Committee, the Bridge House Hotel, all of the sponsors, and the individuals and businesses who contributed to what was a successful and fun night.

He was delighted to have had the Ireland legend Paul McGrath as guest on the night, whose interview with Michael Duignan was enjoyed immensely by everyone who attended.