Clew Bay Person of the Year
The Westport Lions Club in conjunction with the Mayo News proudly present the inaugural...
"Clew Bay People of the Year Awards"
Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs in 1917, had a personal code of "...you can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else,"

This ethos is summed up simply as "WE SERVE", the motto shared across the 46,000 lions clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world. Westport Lions Club, carrying on these ideals of service to the community, believes there to be many individuals and organisations who work selflessly for others, dedicated to bettering our community and its people thereby deserving recognition for all their hard work.
Westport lions club are going to honour the silent heroes of our community at the inaugural Clew Bay People of the Year Awards at a Gala dinner in the Castlecourt Hotel on the 24th March 2017.

We are looking for help in identifying service minded individuals and groups who "serve" their community without personal financial reward. Award nominations may be from diverse groups across the Clew Bay area who have endeavoured to bring their passion, joy and light to the lives of others. It may be the power of a certain individuals personal example, or a community group, which shines a light for others by being living examples of strength, courage and service within the community.

The awards will be categorised in the following suggested areas;
Arts and culture
Community projects Clew Bay Person of the Year

"Volunteerism is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds." Bill Clinton
So many people in the Clew Bay/West Mayo area are out there changing the odds within their community and making a very real and tangible difference in the lives of others. We ask you to shine a light on these individuals and groups by nominating them and highlighting the work they do for the betterment of our area.

Nominations to clewbayawards@gmail.com or the Mayo news
More details can be found on the Westport lions club Facebook page.
Westport lions club, Mayo Ireland
Closing date for entries 31st January 2017.

Nomination Form

Fill out the form below to submit your nomination for Clew Bay Person of the Year and also please attach any supporting documentation, photos and achievements:

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Westport Lions Club launched Clew Bay Person of the Year. An event which will benifet Mayo Mountain rescue. Pic Conor McKeown


Pictured at the launch of Westport Lions Club ‘Clew Bay Person of the Year’ last week were members of Westport Lions, Cllr Brendan Mulroy Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal Authority, Iso Jorgenson and Mary Sheridan (Mayo Mountain Rescue), Neill O’Neill Mayo News and Anne Corcoran Castlecourt Hotel.
Pic Conor McKeown


Pictured at the launch of Westport Lions Club ‘Clew Bay Person of the Year’ last week were members of Westport Lions, Cllr Brendan Mulroy Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal Authority, Iso Jorgenson and Mary Sheridan (Mayo Mountain Rescue), Neill O’Neill Mayo News and Anne Corcoran Castlecourt Hotel.
Pic Conor McKeown


WESTPORT LIONS CLUB Diabetes Screening
Ireland is experiencing a Diabetes Epidemic! By 2020 the number of adults aged 45+ years with diabetes is expected to rise to more than 175,000. It is estimated that 1 in every 500 Irish children have type 1 diabetes. If diabetes is not treated it can lead to heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, nerve damage, blindness.

The purpose of diabetes screening is to identify individuals who may not have any symptoms and are not aware that they have the disease. It is estimated that over 30,000 people are walking around "undiagnosed". People with slightly abnormal readings will be referred to qualified healthcare professionals for additional assessment.
We are not diagnosing we are referring...

The Holy Mountain
Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season.

Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.

Each year, ‘The Reek’ as it is colloquially known, attracts about 1 million pilgrims. On 'Reek Sunday', the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers. Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the picturesque town of Westport and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside.Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain. It is one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland. It rises 750 metres (2,500 feet) into the sky above County Mayo.

It was in this setting on Reek Sunday 2013 that the Westport Lions Club decided to set up a marquee on the pilgrim path at the base of Croagh Patrick and carry out FREE blood sugar screening for Diabetes. The Lions Club Ireland have been running Diabetes Screening at the Ploughing Championships for many years and would screen in excess of 7000 people each year. Therefore we consulted with John O’Donovan, the Lions Clubs Diabetes Awareness Officer and the organiser of this event who gave us very valuable insights into the practicalities of organising and running such a project.

We sought support from the local pharmacies in Westport who very generously donated some of the equipment and supplies to carry out the testing. With the help of a committee of Westport Lions members and approx 12 dedicated nurses from the local area who volunteered their time and expertise we carried out the screening from 8am until 5pm. Since that first year of testing we repeated the project in 2015 and 2016. We have been delighted with the response from people of all ages, male and female who have availed of the service. We have concentrated on the pilgrims descending from the mountain as we deemed them to be the most suitable for screening after their strenuous exercise. The service was also available to people living in the area and the many visitors on the day. Over the three years of this project we have screened over 1800 people and of these nearly 160 people were referred for further investigation by their own doctors.

Considering the great response and uptake by the public we feel that there is huge potential to expand this screening programme in the local area and offer the service to an even greater number of people going into the future. We hope that this project may well become an annual event on our Westport Lions Club calender.
Roni Doyle
Project Co-ordinator


The party took place on last Friday 16th June the garden of St Anthony's B&B on Distillery Road.The guests were the care users in Western Care Distillery road There was great excitement with a Garda escort and the local PP Fr Charlie leading a parade of our guests to the garden where he cut a ribbon to launch the event There was a carnival atmosphere with the food music entertainment and games with prizes kindly donated locally. A number of Lions decorated the gardens with hand made crafts decorations The weather played ball and we were joined by the newly appointed Minister Michael Ring Our guests all received chocolates and obviously enjoyed themselves
Roni Doyle
Project Co-ordinator


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