In an increasingly complex world, Lions provides one of the most basic human needs, the need for friendship. And the opportunity to make a difference. As an individual you can have limited impact but as part of a group you can achieve so much more. Lions Club membership brings more awareness of community and the average Lions Club has, at its heart, the intention to make the community it serves a better place to live. Wherever there is a need, you will find Lions there, actively involved in getting the job done and making things happen. No skills required to roll up the sleeves and find a solution. No job is too big or too small. Lions above all are nice people, who genuinely want to give of their time and means to assist others and have a lot of fun doing it. The Club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the Service is fun.One of the best reasons for becoming a Lion is the chance to do, as a group, what we cannot hope to achieve on our own, to serve our fellow man.Our motto says it all “We Serve” To show you some of tthe work we have done and continue to do in Malahide we have put together these pictures and we hope they will interest you enough to make you want to get involved. These are just some of the things we have been involved in and maybe you can suggest other things for us to help the community in the future..Check us out for fun, laughter and community service at Malahide Lions Facebook Page. More information about projects and activities at our Malahide Lions Club website and use our contact form to apply. An easy watt for you to contact us is at malahidelionsclub@gmail.com or contact any member you know. We urgently need your help and we look forward to hearing from you.

Former players from Malahide United are making their mark both here and in England showing how the great coaching at the club has been a huge success. The club truly is the home of Football in North County Dublin with 1,200 footballers playing on 55 teams and in two academies. Based in Gannon Park, one of the finest facilities in Ireland. This month we feature some former players who are really heading for the top in their respective leagues both in this country and in the English Leagues.

Firstly we say congratulations to Conor Grant who made his first league start for Rochdale AFC in their League 1 game against Northampton Town on February 23 last. Conor made the switch from Sheffield Wednesday on deadline day this year. The game ended in a nil all draw with Conor contributing greatly to his teams performance which should ensure lots more starts for him soon with his new club.

Next Everyone at Malahide United would like to wish Darren Craven the very best of luck as he embarks on League of Ireland life with Bray Wanderers. Darren has been with the club from Nippers right the way through to Seniors and was captain as we won the Leinster Senior League for a historic first time. Darren has also been capped at Junior level for FA Ireland over the last few seasons. Bray are getting one hell of a player and an even better man. All the best Skip.

Fingal County Council was delighted to be informed this week that Malahide Cricket Club in Fingal will be hosting four matches in the forthcoming tour of Ireland by Cricket South Africa.Fielding one of the world’s best cricket teams including the world’s fastest international century-maker David Miller, South Africa will be returning to Fingal and Ireland, for the first time in fourteen years from July 11th to 20th 2021, as both teams seek to secure the qualifying points for the Cricket World Cup to be held in India in 2023.The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy was delighted to welcome the news of the South African tour adding: “This is a tremendous boost for Fingal. It shows yet again, that if we can work together to defeat this virus now, we can look forward to world-class sport in our local community in July.”South African cricket has strong links with Fingal as some of our leading Transition Year (TY) cricket students were able, thanks to our Fingal County Council Development Manager, Brian O’Rourke’s work in conjunction with Cricket Leinster, to have the privilege of educational placements at some of South African’s leading schools, such as Glenwood High School, Durban & St Stithians in Johannesburg.Brian O’Rourke welcomed the news of the tour: “Another exciting cricket opportunity for Fingal, one that I hope that will feature local cricketers, and TY graduates playing for our country against some of the world’s best cricketers.”He further added his hope that the community can be engaged in the fixtures: “I hope that just as in 2018 when Pakistan played the historic first Test match in Ireland at Malahide CC, Covid-19 restrictions will have eased, to allow not only spectators but local school cricketers able to attend special coaching opportunities, which did so much to help inspire the young cricketers in Fingal.”Margaret Geraghty, Director of Housing and Community Development for Fingal County Council sent the council’s fullest support for the tour, and for Malahide CC’s selection to host: “Congratulations to Malahide CC, a club that has worked tirelessly during the pandemic to help support its local community, on being selected to host such prestigious fixtures in July. We hope that the matches are not only a success on the field for Ireland, but for you as a club off the field, in showcasing all of the excellence you have now to host such world-class teams here in Fingal.”Cricket Ireland will continue to work with Cricket South Africa, Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, and the Sports Expert Group to ensure all fixtures comply with the COVID-19 protocols in place, so all details are subject to change but let uus hope that will not happen.
Ireland v South Africa series - * Matches form part of the ICC World Cup Super League
11 July: Ireland v South Africa, * 1st ODI, 13 July: Ireland v South Africa, * 2nd ODI, 16 July: Ireland v South Africa, * 3rd ODI , 20 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st T20I
Matches form part of the ICC World Cup Super League with all games played in Malahide

Fingal County Council is delighted to have received almost €15 million in funding from the National Transport Authority for sustainable transport projects announced this week. As part of a total of €240 million investment for all local authorities across the country, this funding will support many projects in development. There are a mix of continuing, new and older projects in the list to support sustainable transport projects across the county €14,870,000 provided from the NTA will help progress 23 projects over the county such as the Royal Canal Cycle Route, Harry Reynolds Road Cycle Track, Donabate Estuary walking and cycling route and the Broadmeadow Way. These projects are part of a wider sustainable transport infrastructure programme to tackle climate change. Providing safe and sustainable infrastructure will undoubtedly assist the growing numbers of cyclists who are now using the roads in towns and villages across Fingal over the past years. As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to Climate Action, these projects are to help promote Active Travel in the county with the objective to build active travel into everyday life as part of normal daily routines.The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David Healy welcomed the announcement: “This is wonderful news. We are seeing many more people in Fingal walking and cycling due to the pandemic, so it is crucial that we develop quality routes for walking and cycling to allow greater movement within our communities. These projects will improve safety for people walking and cycling through the provision of segregated facilities either on-road or off-road. The walking and cycling projects that will benefit from this funding will help Fingal to achieve our Climate Action targets. However, the biggest benefit will be to public health from the combination of reduced air pollution exposure and increased physical activity.” AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said: “Fingal County Council welcomes this announcement from the National Transport Authority. This funding will allow us to continue many projects that will showcase our commitment to providing excellent walking and cycling infrastructure across the county. We want to improve connectivity between our towns and villages, for pedestrians and cyclists while providing sustainable modes of transport as part of our actions against climate change.”David Storey, Director of Environment, Climate Action and Active Travel Department in Fingal County Council, said: “The announcement today from the National Transport Authority of additional funding being provided is a welcomed one. This additional funding will allow the Council to build on the actions we have taken to provide safe and clean travel options as well as supporting active travel in the county.” The projects in this general area which are set to receive funding are: Swords Cycle Network which receives €100,000 and Swords Estuary to Rathbeale Road bicycle parking which receives €100,000 funding and Malahide (Main St) to Swords (Brackenstown Road) Safe to Schools Programme Infrastructure which receives €100,000 and Forest Road to Swords Main St 2020 Stimulus Programme which receives €100,000.

(This article first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme for Leinster Rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints on 19 December.)

‘One club for everyone’ - could be the motto for Malahide rugby club as it strives to become more deeply embedded in the community from which it derives its name.In September 2006, the club relocated to Estuary Road, leaving behind their old home on the Castle grounds. The move away from the picturesque village to the exposed coastline setting meant the club became a magnet as a home to players from the north Fingal area. “The demographic of the club is really interesting. We only have between 45-50 per cent of our members from Malahide,” said Paul Donegan, the Chairman of the club’s Business Committee.“The rest are drawn from areas of north Dublin and south Fingal such as Swords, Donabate, Portrane, Kinsealy, Portmarnock. If we weren’t coming up to the centenary of the club in 2022, we would be probably seen more as a Fingal rugby club. The history of the club, that connection to Malahide and our initial patron Lord Talbot, is very important and it is up to us to not only keep it but to build on it into the future.“Where we are, we compete with Gaelic clubs, like St Sylvester’s, Naomh Mearnóg, Fingallians, and the soccer clubs in the area as well as the rugby clubs, Skerries, Balbriggan and Suttonians.“Before we moved down into the estuary, we spent so many years beside Malahide Castle where it was seen as a closed club,” issued Donegan.“We have great numbers at mini and youths level. There would be 600 kids playing on a Sunday morning, benchmarked against 1,000 at St Sylvester’s and Naomh Mearnóg. As our kids grow into their teenage years, they tend to specialise in fewer sports and we lose others to rugby schools, like Belvedere and CUS. “The whole area around Swords, Donabate and Malahide is growing so much and we want to make the rugby club a stronger draw for all those places. We needed to be seen as more open, a more active part of the surrounding communities.” Competition has bred creativity. Malahide has not been slow to welcome initiatives devised by the IRFU and even come up with some of their own ideas.Last year, the club embraced the IRFU-driven ‘Give It A Try’ programme, designed to attract girls from ages 8-14 to learn how to play rugby in a safe and fun environment over the summer. Of course, this was compromised by the onset of Covid-19.There was nothing that could be done about that. There was so much uncertainty. That is when they came up with the ‘Safe Place Scheme’. “We had a call among the executive of the club to see if there was any way we could offer club services to help out within the local community. The local GAA club was offering a delivery service for the older people and vulnerable in our society, who could not get out as they felt unsafe in public.“As we were not located close to Malahide village, on the estuary between Malahide and Swords, we wanted to see what we could do to help

“Following conversations with the then Lord Mayor of Fingal, Eoghan O’Brien, and also members of An Garda Síochána in Malahide, we came up with the idea of a ‘Safe Place Scheme’.“We offered our grounds as a safe location for older people and those who feel vulnerable in the community to come out and walk. The parking available made it the perfect location that they could drive to and feel safe while they made use of the space.“Initially, we thought this was a great idea and wanted to publicise it on social media. However, due to Covid, we decided that the best way to help was to offer the club grounds to a closed list of local older people and vulnerable as well as the members of the club that fell into that bracket.“The lower pitch area of the club was made available and would be reserved for those who were cocooning and/or would like a safe outdoor space.“This area was initially made available to them between 8am and 1pm on a daily basis during the first lockdown and we extended it to 9am to 5pm during the summer months and into the current lockdown. “When the scheme began, the club built paths, upgraded entrances from the Seabury estate, re-doing a bridge, laying down tarmacadam where there previously could have been mud paths to ensure people could come in and walk safely around the grounds.”It has not only had a positive impact on allowing vulnerable people to park and walk around the grounds. It also gave some members a purpose to get out of the house and, within the guidelines, come down to prepare the ground for our walkers.“We want to keep that as a place to walk, long after Covid has been contained,” stated Donegan.“We have to think on our feet. We are getting more volunteers in, more people stepping up to help out. The energy from that is helping us to drive the club on.“It is not a huge club. We have 350-400 members. But, we have aspirations to double, even triple that over the next five years.”It is the commitment to growing those numbers and community-service action like the ‘Safe Place Scheme’ that may well make that achievable.

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Fingal County Council Sports Office is delighted to launch the Fingal Couch to 3K – Walk to Jog Programme which started 22nd of February. As part of the FCC sports strategy to get more people active, the Sports Office is offering people the opportunity to take part in this free 6-week virtual programme.Whether you have never jogged before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 3K is an easy way of getting more energy and feeling healthier. This programme is aimed at beginners who would like to get from walking to jogging but might be a little unsure of how to get started.The Mayor of Fingal County, Cllr David Healy said: “It’s very important to give people as many options as possible to participate in physical activity especially while sport and exercise facilities are closed. This is another fantastic online programme facilitated by Fingal County Council Sports Office. This programme will help people improve their fitness and as we’ve all learned during the COVID-19 pandemic contributes greatly to positive mental health.”Margaret Geraghty, Director of Housing and Community Development for Fingal County Council said: “Another excellent virtual programme on offer from our Sports Office. In a time when being active could not be more important this Couch to 3K programme will give people the support they need to get up, get out and get active.”For more information contact Noel McManus, Fingal County Council Community Sports Development Officer.

The Village Green in Malahide has undergone significant redevelopment and is now available for public use. The redevelopment of the space sees a new green public area which will re-invigorate and enhance the open space as an area to visit and enjoy for all.These works have been carried out over the year and were completed on time. These works see a major aim of Fingal County Council’s Public Realm Strategy for Malahide 2014 accomplished even with the difficulties that have been brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.The project was led by the Council’s Parks and Green Infrastructure Division to re-invigorate and improve the quality of the Village Green and to enhance the open space as an area to visit and enjoy for the residents of Malahide and tourists. The approved plan for the Village Green resulted from an extensive public consultation process and was designed by Murray and Associates Landscape Architecture.The scheme forms part of the Public Realm Strategy for Malahide undertaken by Fingal County Council in 2014. The Town Plaza to the Green has been enlarged, providing a new urban plaza at the transition space between the village and the Green. Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Matthew McAleese said: “The completion of this project with its improved layout and facilities will add to this popular amenity in the town for everyone to enjoy. This is a wonderful new piece of public realm infrastructure that sees part of the Public Realm Scheme Strategy for Malahide completed.” Kevin Halpenny, Senior Parks Superintendent for Fingal County Council, said: “ The Green is a significant and historically important open space in the centre of Malahide and the redevelopment has transformed it into a multifunctional civic space. Throughout the process, there was a very strong emphasis on quality of design and quality of finish and this is reflected in the completed park.”

Malahide Astro Football is a social football club which plays 9 a side weekly in the Malahide area (when allowed!). With over 100 players joining in the last 18 months, it’s open to anyone who fancies a semi-competitive game. They aim to run a couple of tournaments a year, with any proceeds being donated to local charities. With the lack of opportunity for competition in 2020 they decided to run a raffle. They offer huge thanks for the fantastic support of numerous Malahide businesses who donated prizes.They were delighted to be able to support Malahide Lions Club Christmas appeal and hope to do so again in the future.

Bernadette Murray (President, Malahide Lions)

When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing- and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. When we heard that ‘Ollies are off to the North Pole’ we thought that it was a terrific idea. When we were told that Malahide Lions Club was to be a beneficiary of this project we were thrilled and so very grateful to everyone in Ollies (St Oliver Plunketts School),
Malahide Lions Club was founded in 1973 and has been growing and developing since then. We are part of a huge network of 48,000 Lions Clubs with 1.4 million members worldwide. In Ireland there are 102 Lions clubs with 2,300 members. Our ‘raison d’etre’ is to serve and to meet humanitarian needs within our communities.There are two aspects to our work, we fundraise for local and national charities and we get involved in service projects in our local community. Every year we do our Christmas Appeal which allows us to distribute Food Vouchers to families in need.Among our many other projects, we host an annual senior citizens Christmas Party in the Grand Hotel and we organise a ‘Service to the Community Award’ with Transition Year students in Malahide Community School. Sadly Covid10 has forced us to put both of these projects ‘on hold’ this year. Our fundraising capacity has also been devastated by Covid19 which makes your donation of over €6,000 all the more special. It means we can continue to serve our community and to help those in need. 2020 has been a devastating year for so many people in so many ways and with your help we can help to alleviate some of the suffering out there. ‘Thank you’ to each and every member of the Ollies community.

The Christmas Appeal Marathon Walk was held on 5/6th Dec. Each year Malahide Lions appeal for funds to buy food vouchers for the less fortunate in our community. To create awareness of the appeal, three Lions, Malahide Lions President Bernadette Murray, Sheilagh McGirl and Stephen McDonagh walked 43km each over the two days. Lions members and their families did loops of Malahide Village totalling 130km. Our cyclists did 100km each on the Sat. Our main stand was in Malahide village and having a card machine helped enormously. All of this was to raise much needed funds to support the many struggling families in Malahide and to help them have a happy Christmas. We were blessed by fine cold weather.The Malahide community did not disappoint. We are overwhelmed by their generosity and wish to thank all the sponsors and every one who donated. We are very grateful to Al Foran for his hilarious celebrity video which helped to get the Christmas campaign off to a flying start. Check it out on our Malahide Lions Facebook Page. Donations can be made anytime via ‘Donate’ on the website malahidelions.com.