The Rotary Club of Limavady

Limavady Rotary News Archive

25th Anniversary Dinner
Held in the Radisson Hotel, Limavady, the celebration was attended by nine past District Governors and eleven of the past 25 Club Presidents, and another 90 Rotarians and guests.

Country Park BBQ
The BBQ in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care was a great success. With over 30 Rotarians and guests in attendance, some £300 pounds was raised to help Marie Curie Cancer Care provide free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes.

The evening started with a walk in the Country Park for the more energetic, and some hard work and BBQ starting for those less inclined to take a stroll in the park.

Some great rock ‘n roll - courtesy of Paddy Nash and his band – led to some fairly ordinary dancing on the grass; started and encouraged by Peter Jack.

The BBQ cook-off was between the two gas BBQs and the tradition charcoal BBQ was eventually won by Chris Nutt putting in a blinding performance at both cooking and insect repelling.

Link to all BBQ photos

Rotarian of the Year
Limavady solicitor, Peter Jack, is this year's recipient of the McCrae Shield for Rotarian of the Year. The Shield is awarded annually to a member of the Rotary Club of Limavady. It is given to an individual identified by the President for outstanding service to the club.

New outdoor Patio Heater for L.C.D.I.
The heater was in recognition of the service that L.C.D.I. provide to the local community, and also as ‘payment’ for letting the Rotary Club of Limavady use the walled-garden and BBQ area; as we have now done on several occasions.

With 56 Rotarians & guests in attendance, the evening was shaping up to be a success in spite of the inclement weather.

Controversy erupted when many Rotarians discovered that it was a ‘bring your own’ BBQ, however Rotarian Chris Nutt was to the rescue, retrieving (seemingly) endless bottles of wine from the boot of his Bentley.

Now, who said anything about a corkscrew…

Annual Charity Golf - 25 June 2006

Our Annual Charity Golf competition was a great success. BBC personality Helen Mark was our special guest and she very kindly presented all the prizes. Particular thanks go all our sponsors for their financial support. At this time of writing, the exact total is not known, but in due course it will be published here, along with all the charities that we support. In addition, we would like to thank to the staff of Radisson Roe Park for their help. Limavady Rotary Club is very fortunate to have such generous supporters. Thank you all very much.

Talk by Jim Peoples - 21 June 2006

Jim Peoples gave a very moving account of his recent trip to India. They helped homeless families and also gave some funds to Tsunami victims. It was a cross-community venture, supported by many in the commuity. Our Salvation Army friends, Captains Eddie and Joan Archibald also came along to hear what Jim had to say.

Kids Out - 14 June 2006

As part of our annual contribution to Kids Out, we took all the children from Glasvey Special School (along with their helpers) out for 10-pin bowling at Brunswick Superbowl. Burgers and chips for everyone afterwards. It was a wonderful day, enjoyed by all, especially the children. The sight of Brian Brown dressed up as Donald Duck is one of those things that is hard to erase from the memory. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Going to the Workhouse - 31 May 2006

We had a conducted tour of what is left of the old workhouse (at Roe Valley Hospital). We enjoyed a buffet in their dining room (which is on the site of the old workhouse dining room of course). Damien showed us old maps, documents and pictures and how new inmates were processed on arrival. The layout of the workhouse was explained to us: male compounds, female compounds, infirmary, graveyard, work arrangements etc. Especially poignant was the dormitory, preserved exactly as it was in workhouse days. Damien also explained to us some of the work of LCDI.

Later on, we visited the gardens and the new water feature to which we donated a small amount of money. This is a designed as a tactile and peaceful haven for the many different users of LCDI.

Thanks to Damien Corr, Gerry Jones and the LCDI canteen staff for a fabulous evening, enjoyed by all.

Going to the Dogs - 13 May 2006

About 60 Rotarians from Limavady, Strabane-Lifford and Omagh had a joint social event at Lifford Greyhound Stadium. We watched the dogs race, we had a little flutter and we had an excellent meal. A great evening was had by all. No dogs were harmed during the making of this event (unlike some bank balances).

Talk by Ambassadorial Scholar David Mickle - 10 May 2006

Our guest for lunch was David Mickle from Dun Laoghaire Rotary Club, accompanied by his wife Miriam. David has been here since last September, studying at Dublin City University. Apart from his studies he has to carry out his ambassadorial duties including contacts with a number of Rotary Clubs in District 1160. David and Miriam gave a fascinating talk, with musical accompaniment, about their home in Tennesee and his sponsoring Rotary Club and District.

Guest Speaker Bob Curran - 26 Apr 2006

Guest Speaker at our regular lunchtime meeting was Dr Bob Curran of the Univerity of Ulster talking about 'Limavady Folklore'

Induction of new Rotarian John O'Carroll - 12 Apr 2006

At today's lunch meeting, we were proud to welcome John O'Carroll as the newest member of Limavady Rotary Club. He is pictured above with President Howard.

John is a past member of Belfast Rotary Club.

Induction of new Rotarian Doug Hare - 5 Apr 2006

At today's lunch meeting, we were proud to welcome Doug Hare as the newest member of Limavady Rotary Club.

Doug is a past member of Alresford Rotary Club in Hampshire.

Talk by Ambassadorial Scholar Jen Smerdon - 5 Apr 2006

Jen has been here since last September, studying at University of Ulster, Magee College. Apart from her studies she has to carry out her ambassadorial duties including contacts with a number of Rotary Clubs in our District 1160.

In her address today, Jen talked about her home in British Columbia, her sponsoring Rotary Club and District, her family, her experiences doing educational work in Uganda and her experiences living in our community. Jen was accompanied by John MacCrossan from Londonderry Rotary Club.

Evening Meeting - Guest Speaker Bryan Gallagher - 29 Mar 2006

It was an enormous privilege to have author and broadcaster Bryan Gallagher as our guest speaker for the evening. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'Home Truths', and is often to be heard on Radio Ulster as well.

Bryan, who is a retired headmaster and has lived all his life in Co Fermanagh, was first encouraged to put his stories into print by the late John Peel.

Bryan told many of his short stories, notably from his new book 'Barefoot in Mullyneeny'. This collection of stories chronicles life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 50s through the eyes of a young child. To use the book's own description it is 'a boy's journey towards belonging'. Bryan Gallagher reminisces about his life growing up near the beautiful shores of Lough Erne.

We were also well entertained by Bryan's son Bryan Og, who provided the musical accompaniment on the guitar.

In short a fabulous evening, enjoyed by all.

Induction of New Rotarians Peter, Zephryn and Darren - 15 Mar 2006

At today's lunch meeting, we were proud to welcome Peter Jack, Zephryn Patton and Darren Mornin as the newest members of Limavady Rotary Club. They are pictured above, with their respective sponsors: Howard Caskie, Brian Brown and Glenn Reilly standing behind them.

Also looking on are President Howard Wood and Vice-President Sam Connolly

Limavady President's Night - 10 Mar 2006

A wonderful night was had by all. The picture shows the top table. As well as the ADG, we were delighted to welcome the Presidents of Ballymoney, Strabane-Lifford, Londonderry, Ballymena and Coleraine Rotary Clubs.

We were also delighted to welcome the Chairman of Limavady & District Round Table, Richard Kane and his guests.

Our President's Night is traditionally a Social Event, and is intended to break even. However, we had a Charity Raffle which raised ?856 for Rotary Charities. We would like to thank all our generous supporters.

LCDI Water Feature - 8 Mar 2006

We are delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile cause. Gerry Jones explained that the Water Feature would be a beautiful addition to the LCDI gardens. It will be at different levels, allowing wheelchair users to get close. It will provide a tactile and peaceful haven for the many differently-abled users of the LCDI. Gerry asked if we would erect a plaque when it is finished.

International Charity Breakfast - 17 Feb 2006

A big Thank You to all our friends who generously supported our Annual Charity Breakfast in the Gorteen House Hotel. All the money raised will be given to International Charities, as decided by our International Subcommittee, chaired by Brian Brown. At the moment it looks as if the total raised will be about ?3200. In due course we will report here which International Charities the money will go to.

Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul - 15 Feb 2006
Captains Eddie & Joan Archibald from the Salvation Army and Jim Herron & Jennifer McLaughlin from St Vincent de Paul were our guests for lunch and were presented with cheques for ?250 each.

We were then treated to a talk by each of the groups on the magnificent work they do in the local community. They spoke about their respective organisations and the degree to which they collaborate in helping the needy. President Howard thanked them for their talk and remarked that it was particularly gratifying to hear how each organisation was so complimentary about the other.

This was part of the proceeds from our Street Collection in December.

Donation to Foyle Hospice and Marie Curie Cancer - 8 Feb 2006

Bernadette Campbell and Christina McCartney were our guests for lunch and accepted cheques for ?250 each on behalf of the Limavady Friends of Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Roe Valley Foyle Hospice Support Group.

This was part of the proceeds from our Street Collection in December.

Mercy Ships - 7 Dec 2005

Our special guest speaker was Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK. She gave a fascinating talk on this Rotary preferred project.

Mercy Ships is an international Christian humanitarian organisation. It uses ships converted to hospitals to perform life-changing surgery and provide relief and development, in order to bring physical and spiritual healing to the needy in port cities around the world.

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is in partnership with Mercy Ships, to bring health care to those who have no access to medical treatment, and to assist disadvantaged communities through sustainable development projects. The completion of the latest and largest ship to be added to the fleet, the Africa Mercy, will enable Mercy Ships to impact many more lives every year. Rotary Clubs hopes to equip the Ophthalmic Operating Theatre by donations and volunteers to serve on the ships. The ophthalmic theatre will cost in the region of ?750,000 and will enable thousands more life-transforming operations each year. The former ferry is undergoing substantial conversion work in Newcastle and is scheduled to sail to Ghana in spring 2006 on a mission of mercy.

Judy said ?By working together, Rotary and Mercy Ships will have an enormous impact on the lives of many thousands of people. We are proud of our partnership with Rotary and we are grateful to them for the time and commitment they put into raising money for our work.?

For more information see

Street Collection - 3 Dec 2005

A big thank you to everyone who supported our annual Street Collection. As is our custom, the entire proceeds will be distributed amongst local charities. The sum raised from the generosity of local shoppers was ?851.58.

Council voted to increase the sum to a nice round number (?1000), and the members voted who to give the money to.

Recipents of the money (?250 each) are:

Salvation Army
St Vincent de Paul
Marie Curie
Foyle Hospice

Representatives from each of the organisations will be invited to lunch to receive their cheques

Showstoppers - 17 Nov 2005

Youth Leadership - 9 Nov 2005

Our special guests for lunch were the five Limavady youth winners, plus their teachers. The indivual winners were:

Timothy Ferris, Limavady High School
Lauren Miles, Limavady Grammar School
Alexis McIvor, St Marys High School
Andrew Blair, Limavady High School Youth Club
Emma O?Kane, St Patricks Dungiven

Interviews were held in the Limavady Council Offices in the morning. The overall Limavady winner was Emma O'Kane, and she goes forward to the next round of the competition. All five participants received an engraved pen plus a certificate. In addition, Emma received a cheque for ?100 and another ?100 to her school.

Hearing Dogs - 12 Oct 2005

Elizabeth Ward, plus hearing dog Noah, gave a very interesting and moving talk on the special work done by these faithful companions. Hearing Dogs is a Rotary preferred project.

Nearly nine million of the UK population experience some degree of hearing loss. That?s one person in every seven. Over 650,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf and could benefit from a hearing dog.

Hearing dogs change lives. They alert their deaf owners to sounds we take for granted, providing greater independence, confidence and security. Most are selected from rescue centres or donated as unwanted pets.

For more information see

District Conference 22-25 Sep 2005

At the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Conference starts with the conclusion of the Challenge 32 charity run. Principal guest speaker was President Mary McAleese.

Childline 14 Sep 2005

Karen Walker, chief fundraiser for Childline, gave a very interesting talk about the problems facing the organisation, particularly the financial threats to its nightime service.

The club made a donation of ?250 to Childline.

O?Briens Steakhouse 31 Aug 2005

A very large turnout as the members and friends enjoyed an evening of fun, fellowship and fine food at O?Briens Steakhouse.

Advanced Driving 24 Aug 2005

Ian Scott gave a very interesting talk on all aspects of road safety. Ian is the Chief Examiner for the advanced driving test in NW Ulster, run by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Induction of new Rotarian Jack Rankin 10 Aug 2005

Jack Rankin became the newest member of Limavady Rotary Club, when he was inducted by President Howard at the Club Meeting on 10 Aug 2005

Induction of new Rotarian Fran Young 3 Aug 2005

DG Martin Molony congratulates Fran Young after her induction as Limavady Rotary Club?s newest member, as President Howard looks on.

DG's Visit 3 Aug 2005

District Governor Martin Molony visited the Club to hear of our plans and to share his thoughts and ideas for the Rotary year ahead. Martin spoke about Challenge 32 and the District Conference and passed on his warmest wishes to the Limavady Club.

Club Handover 29 June 2005

Past-President Andy hands over. President Howard pays tribute by saying that it?s like following Don Bradman in to bat. ?Andy is rightly to be congratulated for his year in office and he is a hard act to follow.? Howard says that he will do his best and follow his own instincts. ?However, if anything goes wrong I will follow the example set by countless Rotary Presidents before me, and blame my predecessor?

Club Assembly 8 June 2005

President-elect Howard and his incoming team presented their plans for the year at an evening meeting in the Gorteen. Guest was Assistant District Governor Tony McMinn, Cookstown.

Limavady Rotary Golf
Affectionately known as "Bernie's Golf". Held in the Radisson Roe Park Hotel in April 2005. Thanks to our many generous supporters, the event was a great success and raised a lot of money for our charities.

Young Musician of the Year 2005

Limavady Rotary Club is delighted to sponsor a prize at this annual competition, which is organised by Limavady Borough Council. This year?s winner was Niall Dalton, playing the tuba. Niall, with piano accompaniment from his sister Lucy, later entertained us in the Gorteen prior to our weekly meeting. Niall, Lucy and their mother Margaret then were our guests for lunch.

RIBI Conference Manchester

Limavady Rotarians travelled to Manchester for the RIBI Conference from 14-17 April 2005. Principal guest speaker was HRH The Princess Royal.

Rotary 100 Not Out - 23 Feb 2005

Limavady Rotarians travelled to Portrush Golf Club to celebrate the 100th birthday of the foundation of the Rotary Movement. Club members and partners joined fellow Rotarians from Coleraine and Ballymoney for this memorable night.

Along with the excellent meal the highlight of the night was the Guest Speaker Mrs Nuala O'Loan, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. She talked about her job, the challenges she encountered and the successes she has experienced in the 4 years since taking on this important role. She also took the time to answer many questions from the audience.

Limavady Sligo Interact Rally

The group were hosted by the Sligo Interact Club over the course of the weekend. The initial meeting on Friday evening from 7.00 to 10.00pm was at the Great Southern Hotel. The group were welcomed by Interact President Emmeline McCullagh and Rotary Sligo President David Kiely. Interact Liaison Officer North Sam Connolly then addressed the group. Next up Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Rory Mullan gave a presentation based on his travels to America on Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. This was a very interesting presentation by Rory. Rory was presented with the Paul Harris fellowship prior to leaving America, which shows the esteem in which he was held. Sligo Interactor Sinead played some pieces on her harp and Sam gave us a wonderful rendition of Danny Boy followed by some games to encourage fellowship amongst the group. Following the Friday evening meeting at 10 o?clock the guests left with their respective hosts for the night. The following morning the groups met at Parkes Castle for a cruise on Lough Gill. Soup and Sandwiches were served and the trip lasted approximately three hours. During the cruise many famous landmarks were seen including the world famous Lake Isle of Innisfree and the sleeping giant. George the Skipper kept us entertained with his history of the lake and local folklore. At one stage Chris took over steerage and we got the boat up to full throttle, luckily for everybody concerned we were able to persuade him to slow down. Thereafter we returned to Sligo for some local shopping and sightseeing. Derry took Chris, Sam and Rory on a short tour of the town which they all seemed to enjoy. Later on that evening at six o?clock the group all met up together again for an evening meal at the Loft Restaurant. After the meal some of the guests and the Sligo Interactors set off for a disco in Bundoran. The following morning Sunday everyone again met for a tour of Cregg House. The tour was hosted by Tim O?Sullivan and included a full tour of the facility including the gymnasium and chalet areas. During this tour Geraldine, one of the Residents greeted the visitors and thanked them for their fundraising efforts for their holiday fund. Next off we headed to Rosses Point where the Interactors started their walk along the promenade for the Limbs for Jaipur International fund. This was a novel event which had the group using crutches for the fundraising effort. Immediately afterwards we adjourned to Yeats Tavern for our lunch. Afterwards a presentation was made to Emmeline and Sinead by Rotarian Sam for their efforts over the weekend. All participants were presented with a certificate. Sligo Rotary and Interact Club would like to thank all that travelled from Limavaddy for their fellowship and entertainment over the whole weekend. President David and Rotarian Derry would especially like to thank our Interact club for their enthusiasm and terrific effort in making the weekend such a success.