Dublin was the first Lions Club started in Ireland on April 22.
It held its first Charter Night with 28 members on November 4, 1955 at Royal Hibernian Hotel, Dublin. The Club was co-sponsored by London Club and Capitol Hill Club, Washington. Its first president was Archie Preston and the Secretary was Jim Cawley.
1957 & 1959
Dublin Lions sponsored new clubs in Cork (1957) and Belfast (1959)
A party for 40 homeless of Dublin was organised by Eric Webb and Cecil Geelan. Now held annually known as “Eric’s Party ” in the GPO each year for over 200 homeless in conjunction with An Post, the Defence Forces and An Garda Siochana
The former Garda Station was rented from Board of Works and continues to be used as a hostel for young offenders and to be administered by six Club members. The Lionsvilla Hostel in Chapelizod was closed in 2006.
Dublin Leo Club was the first established in Ireland by the late Lion Donal Moylan. The clubs continue in Ireland and it is hoped to re-establish the Dublin club. Former members of Dublin Leo Club are current officers of Dublin Lions Club.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary in 1980, 1,500 old and lonely were taken to Mosney for a week’s holiday. Lionsvilla and the Holiday project were the brainchild of one of the founder members, the late Cecil Vard. This has now become a District project, where the Dublin Club continues to participate. This project now takes place annually in Trabolgan Holiday centre in June.
Dublin Lions supported Larkin College initially by setting up a breakfast club and have been involved with the school in various projects ever since.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary we initiated the Alcohol Awareness Program organised by Lion Frank O Donoghue.
We launched a 5 year partnership with the 4 major Homeless Agencies to support some 100 people a year moving to their own accommodation by supporting the purchase of basic household items
We have entered a ‘Partnership’ with Homeless Agency Stepping Stones and are also supporting Nandri a Micro Finance Project in India pioneered by Fred Crowe
We have agreed to form an association with UCD and their students to help service our community.