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Our Westport Lions have been proudly providing service to the Westport community since 1987.

Where we are?

Normal [Pre-Pandemic] Westport Lions

When in-person meetings are allowed, Westport Lions are privileged to be hosted by The Clew Bay Hotel, James Street, Westport, County Mayo. F28 WD66. With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are holding virtual meetings. See below.

What we do

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You can learn more about our national organisation at lionsclubs.ie

The New Normal for Meetings and activities

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– All are very welcome

International Projects

  • Sight Projects
  • Humanitarian Relief
  • Disaster Relief
  • Refugee Crisis
  • Measles Programme

Westport Projects

  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Seniors’ Celebrations
  • Community Mental Health Support
  • Christmas food appeal
  • Carers’ Weekend

Youth Projects

  • Youth Exchange
  • Young Ambassador of the Year
  • Lions District Youth Football Competition

Our motto – ‘We Serve’

Our goal is to see that every euro donated to our Club is devoted to community projects, causes and charities. Westport Lions have no professional management, no office or staff and all administrative expenses are paid from members’ subscriptions.

We can impact our future and we’re doing something about it

Diabetes Awareness

The Facts :

More than 422 million people worldwide have diabetes. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke, and early death. Currently, 46.5% of adults with diabetes are undiagnosed. The purpose of diabetes screening is to identify asymptomatic individuals who may have diabetes and not know it, and refer them to qualified healthcare professionals for additional assessment. A diabetes screening can help detect prediabetes as well as diabetes. In Ireland, 200,000 people have been diagnosed as having Diabetes. A further 200,000 people are likely to have Diabetes but have not been diagnosed. In addition an estimated 250,000 Irish people have impaired glucose tolerance or ‘Pre-Diabetes’ Of these 50% or 125,000 WILL develop diabetes in the next five years unless they change their lifestyle. A simple blood test can indicate if YOU are at risk of contracting Diabetes. People who are Obese are at risk of becoming Diabetic. Modern lifestyle has led to many young Irish people becoming Obese. Two kinds of Diabetes – Type 1 generally occurs among people under 35 years of age. Type 2 is a more common form and is prevalent in people aged over 40. In Ireland, 2,500 Children and Teenagers have Type 1 Diabetes. This incidence is expected to rise because of obesity among young people. Acute symptoms of Diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue and blurred vision. An average of 440 Irish people die every year from Diabetes. On average 314 leg amputations are carried out in Ireland every year because of complications associated with Diabetes. The Diabetes Federation of Ireland, which has 4,000 members, advocates on behalf of Diabetes patients.

The Action:

The Westport Lions Club, Co. Mayo, Ireland, has been carrying out diabetes screening over many years at a variety of events, functions and occasions, wherever there are people gathered in great numbers. Our major effort is on Reek Sunday each year screening pilgrims who come to climb Croagh Patrick.

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Who are we?

Our Membership

Active Women and Men

The Facts:

We span all backgrounds, all experiences and all stages of life. We form a team to support the Westport community.

Currently women members outnumber our males.

The Action:

In Westport, the Lions offer new members an immediate opportunity to engage local challenges with fellow Lions. We are a group that supports new initiatives.

Our 2020-2021 Leaders

The following members are serving from July 1st 2020 through June 30th 2022.

Our President  Kevin Brown

Our Vice-President  [Vacant]

Treasurer         –                 Sara Ryan
Communications Officer – Caroline Goucher
Membership Officer        – John Scahill
Service Chairperson – Margaret ‘Maggie’ McGing
Tail Twister –                                         Michael Downes [Founding Member]
Lions Club International Foundation Coordinator – Nicky Dowd
Secretary –                                               Terry Ward
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Our Constitution and By-laws are available for download here.

Find Us

Clew Bay Hotel

James Street

Westport, Co. Mayo F28WD66

Republic of Ireland

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Charity Number

Republic of Ireland – CHY15707