Portarlington Lions roar ahead

The People’s Park in Portarlington has been enhanced with the addition of a handsome picnic table to seat eight people, and a park bench, courtesy of the local Lions Club.

The People’s Park in Portarlington has been enhanced with the addition of a handsome picnic table to seat eight people, and a park bench, courtesy of the local Lions Club.

It is one of two new projects recently unveiled by the club’s outgoing president, Gerry Dunne, before he handed over the Presidential chain of office to Willie Murphy.

The club also unveiled several handsome stone welcome signs they recently erected on the approach roads to the town,

Gerry thanked the many people who helped with both projects, including the sponsor of the stone, Nettie Emerson, and Cllrs Paul Mitchell and Eddie Fitzpatrick.

“I found a tremendous community spirit and this helped greatly while introducing these new projects during my term. I would like to thank the community of Portarlington and surrounding areas for supporting the Lions Club during the year,” he said.

He also thanked the local landowners for facilitiating this year’s hunt, as well as their many business sponsors in the town.

Gerry noted that the young club is bucking the trend for falling membership numbers.

“Nationally Lions Clubs are finding it difficult to maintain membership numbers. We in Portarlington have increased our members from 7 to 18 during the year, which is testament to the hard work of the club,” he said.

Port Lions Club are now busy preparing for the next item on their agenda, the annual Family Fun Day at the park, which takes place on Sunday August 19.