Lions founder, Melvin JonesFounded in Chicago Illinois U.S.A in 1917 by an Insurance agent Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has ever since offered business and professional people a way of sharing their success by helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities. They do so in the belief that those who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why. This is achieved through membership of their local Lions Club. More than 43,000 in number, these Clubs are part of the world's largest service organisation, with almost 1.4 million members in more than 180 countries. The association is both non political and non sectarian.

The association became International when the first Club in Canada was formed in 1920. 'Lionism' came to Ireland in 1955 when the first Club was formed in Dublin. Today there are 115 Clubs with a membership just over 2,850 members. Ireland is one District with no division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

To Lions anywhere in the world, the motto "WE SERVE" is not only a motto but a philosophy. The word "LIONS" is an acronym for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety. The official colours are purple (for loyalty) and gold (for integrity and generosity). Membership in a Lion's club is by invitation with clubs meeting at least twice a month.

The association is governed by an International Board of Directors elected by Lions from around the world. Through membership Lions not only help people in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships, and gain valuable leadership skills.


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Message from 2020/2021 President

Tullamore Lions Club is a community based voluntary organization established in 1975, and is part of the world’s largest service organization. Our motto is ‘We Serve’, and since our establishment 45 years ago, the Lions Club has undertaken numerous fundraising projects and has raised €1.5 million (approx.) with the support of our local community. These funds have been used primarily to meet a very wide variety of local needs which would not be funded in a timely manner from any other source. In addition to our Tullamore Annual the Lions Club is possibly best known for our Christmas Food Appeal where through the kindness of donations from the people of Tullamore and the surrounding area we are able to provide Christmas hampers to over 140 families in need every year.

Outside of Christmas, we support many other community groups in need of funds and respond financially to individual needs and local causes. In the past few years we have provided support to many local organisations including the Simon Community, the Offaly Wheelchair association and Tullamore Special Olympics and Tullamore Community Games. We also support projects that promote and encourage our youth to get involved in charitable projects such as the SHS Special Needs Project and Colaiste Cholim’s India Immersion Project. The Lions Club supports national and international needs and is currently making a sizable contribution to Self Help Africa to help farmers to improve their crop diversity and seed quality, to make their future more secure, and the Lions Club is the driving force behind the Hooves4Hospice project here at home.



Paul Cullen

Honorary President, Tullamore Lions Club