Golf Classic 2021 Over €16000 raised

The Rotary Club of Drogheda held its annual Golf Classic at County Louth, Baltray on Thursday 16th September 2021.  Due to COVID 19, the event was not held in 2020.

Club President, Richard Berney was delighted with the response and wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the wide support received from friends, fellow Rotarians, local businesses and the community at large. Over €16,000 was raised for local charities with particular support this year going to the Drogheda & North East Samaritans.

Richard also extends thanks for the hard work and dedication of Donagh O’Brien and his team in organising the event, together with securing teams & tee sponsors.

The date for the next Golf Classic is set for Thursday 26th May 2022.

Terry Grant, Charlie Allen and John Daly

Remembrance Tree Appeal Exceeds Expectations

Drogheda Rotary Club are delighted to announce that their annual Remembrance Tree Appeal raised €6,800 for their on street collection in the week running up to Christmas.   All the funds will go to help local charities.

Karl Allen President of the Drogheda Rotary Club said “we are thrilled with the support from all the people in and around Drogheda especially during these very challenging times”.

The Remembrance Tree Appeal has been a regular sight in Drogheda over the past 14 years and has now raised over €166,000 for local charities.  

“We were very grateful to the continued support and participation of the Drogheda Soroptimist Club without whom we could not have run such a successful project” said Julian Grant Club secretary.

Again this year the principal organiser of the event was Paddy Prendergast and the club wishes to acknowledge his enormous contribution to the success of the fundraiser.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Remembrance Tree Appeal could only operate at one location in West Street, Drogheda instead of our usual three sites.  Also because of the regulations, the completion and placement of cards on the tree was unfortunately not allowed.  

A new  “Go Fund Me page” was set up this year and was a very successful additional source of donations.  This new feature enabled “virtual” contributions and will be be used again in the future.  

Club members were very much encouraged by the support and understanding of the people of Drogheda when they said they appreciated Drogheda Rotary Club’s efforts in keeping the project alive in these extraordinary times.  

The Rotary Club of Drogheda  was established in 1946 and meets regularly. Anyone interested in finding out more about Drogheda Rotary Club, and volunteering  to help with our various community & charitable projects, or thinking of becoming  a member should  contact Philip Richardson at email telephone  call 087 2551719

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Remebrance Tree 2020

The Rotary Club of Drogheda’s annual remembrance fundraiser is scheduled to run over six days, from Thursday  17th December to Thursday  24th December 2020 In West St. Drogheda. It has been a regular sight in Drogheda over the past 13 years and has raised almost €160,000 for local charities.  

For the first time this year we are using “Go Fund Me” technology to make it easy  for members of the public to donate using their computers, smart phones and tablets.   By visiting the Go Fund Me  “Drogheda Rotary Club-Go Fund Me” web page it is simple to donate. 

To donate click the link

Go Fund Me

The President of Drogheda Rotary Club Karl Allen  says “The idea behind the remembrance tree is to remember loved ones who are not with us this Christmas”. Karl also wishes to pass on a big thank you for the help and support provided by the members of Soroptimist International Drogheda for volunteering their services.

The Remembrance Tree will be operating from our temporary festive shed beside the spectacular Christmas Tree outside St. Peter’s Church on West Street. Display material for the collection point is donated by Omega Signs in Collon

Because of Government Guidelines and COVID Restrictions,  Rotarians and volunteers at the West Street Desk will be accepting donations only.  We are unable to complete cards for placement on the tree.

“Supporters  can give a donation of any amount they choose and these donations will go towards local charitable services in our town,” said Julian Grant Rotary Club secretary.

The Rotary Club of Drogheda  was established in 1946 and meets regularly. Anyone interested in finding out more about Drogheda Rotary Club, volunteering  to help with our various community & charitable projects, or thinking of becoming  a member should  contact Philip Richardson at or  call 087 2551719F or further information on Drogheda Rotary Club go to .

Remembrance Tree 2021

The Drogheda Rotary Club in partnership with the Drogheda Soroptimist Club will again run the Remembrance tree project in the week up to Christmas. The two locations are beside the Christmas Tree on West street and the Laurence Centre.

People will be able to write cards and attach them to ribbons on the tree.There will also be a GoFundMe page available and a facility to use ˋTap and Go‘ for donations at the respective locations plus on-line.

Drogheda Hospice Homecare, Special Olympics and the Meals on Wheels charities will benefit from this year’s efforts.

Rotary Club President Richard Berney is very grateful to the nearly 100 volunteers who will help at the two locations for the week and to Omega Signs who have donated all the signage.

Look out for us on West street starting on Saturday 18th December and the following day in the Laurence centre.

Katie McArdle’s Recent Visit to Strasbourg

Katie McArdle from Drogheda has returned from Strasbourg representing the young people of Ireland as a winner of the Rotary Club Youth Leadership Program.

In her own words this is her experinece of travelling to the Euopean Parlament, meeting new people and having the time of her life.

My experience was incredible

Katie McArde

I have just returned from Strasbourg after taking part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Development Program. I represented the Rotary Ireland  group at Euroscala in the European Parliament along with 23 other participants from Ireland.

My experience was incredible! We discussed and debated on issues such as Young people and Addiction, The future of Europe, Environment and Renewable energy and Human Rights, to name a few . I got the chance to speak in front of 80+  people from all over Europe on the topic of Migration & Integration as well as taking part in debates in the European Parliament with the other 500 young people who attended Euroscala.

Rothary Club Youth Leadership Program Ireland Winners

This Rotary Youth Leadership Award also included a trip to the Titanic Museum, a private tour of Stormont where we got to meet and discuss with politicians, a tour of Dublin castle and an incredible trip to the gorgeous city of Strasbourg.

I enjoyed every minute of it and met so many inspiring young people who I have no doubt will be shaping the world around us for the better in the years to come. I would like to thank the Rotary Drogheda Club for giving me this amazing opportunity as well as all the volunteers involved that made this week possible. I have gained so much confidence and knowledge from this experience as well as many life lasting memories and friends which I will treasure forever!

Receiving Certificate from Rotary President.

Katie gave a wonderful presentation to Rotary Club Drogheda recently at our weekly lunch. She is a credit to Greenhills School, her family and Drogheda.

Richard Schmidt Rotary Club Drogheda

This exciting six day team building trip began in Belfast where winners had a visit to The Titanic Centre, a tour of Stormont and met with local politicians and business leaders.  They then traveled to Dublin where they were invited to an information seminar and lunch hosted by the Staff of the European Parliament offices. This was followed by a tour of Dail Eireann and further meetings with politicians. Next they flew to Strasbourg and prepared for the highlight of the trip which is a full day of debating a variety of motions at Euroscola at the European Parliament in Strasbourg along with about five hundred other students from all over Europe. On the last day they had some time out for a sightseeing trip around Strasbourg before they flew back to Dublin.

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Lower Myanmar
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Angie McCormick is volunteering in Myanmar. Have a read of a first hand experience in the Far East.

Wonderful Support for Remembrance Tree

There was an overwhelming response from the people of Drogheda and visitors to the town for Drogheda Rotary Club’s fundraising Remembrance Tree in the lead up to Christmas.  The Annual event is in aid of local charities and Drogheda Rotary Club is now in a position to make donations totalling €13,500  to the charities. Since 2007 over €158,000 has been distributed to local charities from the proceeds of the Remembrance Tree Project.

Club president Robert Taylor thanked all those who supported the event.  In particular he thanked The Soroptimist Club for their continued support over the last 3 years.  The Soroptimist Club is fundamental to the success of the event and they collected on behalf of Drogheda & District Support 4 Old People.

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Remembrance Tree Collection Starts

Remembracne Tree 2019
David Turner DD 4 Older People (Santa Hat) Sarah McKeown (left) Irish Wheelchair Association & Fiona Mathews (right)Soroptimist Ireland Canon Sweeney.

Drogheda Rotary Club  annal REMEMBRANCE TREE collection starts today.  From the 17th of December The REMEMBRANCE TREE collections will be in three locations in Drogheda. The primary one is on West Street at the spectacular town Christmas Tree outside St. Peter’s Church.  The other collection locations are at Tesco Extra on the Donore  Road and in the Laurence Town Centre outside M&S.

This year Meals on Wheels, The Arch Club, The Irish Wheelchair Association and Drogheda & District Support 4 Old People will benefit from the on street collections of this super seasonal event.

THE SOROPTIMIST  Club will be collecting on behalf of  D&D support 4 old people.

AbleVision were a recipient of funds from the REMEMBRANCE TREE last year.  Here is a link video they did for the Drogheda Fleadh 2019.  These cold nights this will warm your heart. Click picture or link to see the video.

Fleadh Heroes

Fleadh Heroes

Remembrance Tree 2019

In the lead up to Christmas 2019, Drogheda Rotary Club’s REMEMBRANCE TREE will fundraise again for local charities, Over the last 12 years since it’s launch in 2007, the REMEMBRANCE TREE has given in excess of €145,000 to local charities. This year Meals on Wheels, The Arch Club, The Irish Wheelchair Association and Support 4 Old People will benefit from the on street collections of this super seasonal event.

Memorial Tree Charities 2018
Karl Allen presents cheques to Ablevision, Alzheimers Society and Blue Door Charities

The concept behind the REMEMBRANCE TREE is that people make a donation and write a remembrance message for loved ones that are not be with us this Christmas .  The message is attached with yellow ribbons on to the REMEMBRANCE TREE and the tree is then decorated with heartfelt memories.  An ecumenical prayer service is held after Christmas when the tree is removed.

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Katie McArdle, a student of Greenhills College Drogheda and Inez Murray, Loretto Grammar School Newry, will travel to Strasbourg on a six day team building trip sponsored by Rotary In Ireland. They are joint winners in the the regional finals of Rotary Youth Leadership Development Competition 2019 that was held in Drogheda recently.  

Katie McArdle
Katie McArdle, Greenhill College Drogheda

Participants partake in a selection process from their individual school through local interviews to the six Rotary District finals.

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