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S-h-ave the Date – A hair raising fundraiser on June 7th 2020

Sisters Cate & Rosemary Hartigan will, on Sunday 7th June, shave their lock-down locks, live via Facebook.

Both usually sport a short ‘do’ but the past 12 weeks has resulted in a mullet an 80’s rocker would be proud off, not to mention extra long fringes and neck tickling tresses.

In baring their pates on Sunday, the sisters hope to raise some money for a number of organisations in Wexford. Through their i-donate page, funds will be given to Wexford Lions Club, where Rosemary is the PRO. From there the Club has confirmed that they will distribute a share of the funds to the following organisations :

Wexford Arts Centre

Wexford Lions Club has partnered with Wexford Arts Centre for over thirty years through the annual Lions Club Art Exhibition. Funds will be used to assist the Little Artists Club – classes for children aged 4-6.

Blood Bikes South East

Wexford Lions Club are delighted to support this fundraiser; at their meeting on June 3rd, it was agreed that the Club would assist Blood Bikes South East who are in the process of setting up their service in Wexford. This organisation assists public hospitals, nursing homes, families and other medical facilities by providing a free out of hours medical transport service.

In doing so, they relieve sickness, and protect health, by the transportation of medical requirements such as P.P.E equipment, human donor breast milk for premature and vulnerable babies as well as those newly born with mothers too ill to feed them. They will also transport blood products, samples, medical records, test results, urgent medicines and medical devices.

Loreto Wexford PPU Student Bursary

Recently formed Past People’s Union for graduates of Loreto Secondary School in Wexford will provide bursary’s for students at the school. Given the current and future state of the economy, the PPU is aware that numerous students will find the return to school in the Autumn quite a challenge. By providing support, they will ensure students are given every opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Congratulations to our new President,  Joe Costello who was presented with the chains of office by the outgoing President, Gabrielle Willis at a ceremony in the Riverbank Hotel recently. We wish Joe every success and thank Gabrielle sincerely for her sterling work and leadership.


Lions Elect Antrim Governor

Bernard Black has been elected as District Governor of Lions Clubs in Ireland.


He heads an organisation of 2,500 Lions who are members of 106 clubs located throughout the island of Ireland. They are part of the worldwide Lions Clubs International which is the world’s biggest voluntary service organisation with 1.7m members in 45,000 clubs spread across 206 countries and regions.

Bernard Black is a native of Carnlough, in the Glens of Antrim, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and a ‘World Heritage Site’.

He was educated at St. John’s PS, St. MacNissi’s College, New University of Ulster and the University of Liverpool and holds a degree in Ecology and Post Graduate qualifications in Education and IT in addition to a Masters in Microelectronics.

His father was a Charter (Founder) Member of Antrim Coast Lions Club and Bernard joined the club in 1984, the year his father died. A committed Lion from the beginning, Bernard was twice Zone Chairman and twice Regional Chairman. He has been Global Leadership Coordinator and was second and first Vice District Governor prior to his election as District Governor.

Bernard is John Moores Foundation Trust Fund manager for Northern Ireland and is an elections consultant for both Idox Elections and Modern Democracy.

With more than 1,000 books on his Kindle, Bernard is a keen reader. He also claims to ‘play the guitar badly’ and enjoys computing and consuming red wine.

The eldest of a family of five boys and two girls, Bernard married Kate 43 years ago and they are blessed with four daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters