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.

Lower Myanmar

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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Gift For Childrens Ward

A new Fabian Therapy Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (nCPAP) machine has arrived onto the Children’s Ward of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital thanks to the Drogheda Rotary Club. The Rotary Club donated over €11,000 for the purchase of the essential piece of equipment which is used to help the breathing of acutely ill babies.

Drogheda Rotary Club members with Robert Taylor 3rd left president of the Drogheda Rotary Club presenting a new nCpap machine to Heather Murphy clinical nurse 2 aand members of staff at the childrens ward at our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Photo Jimmy Weldon


This new machine allows for safe and smooth respiratory support for neonates and paediatrics up to 30 kg. and it has many features and improvements on older models.  It is  easy to use, and is particularly silent as noise can upset the babies.  Also the Fabian nCPAP is mobile, upgradable and has flexible communication interfaces.  These features are at the cutting edge of technology for treating acutely ill children. 

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Robert Taylor Inaugurated as President for 2019/20

Local solicitor Robert Taylor was initiated as president of Drogheda Rotary Club by Karl Allen the outgoing president at the Club’s weekly Monday lunch in the Westcourt Hotel.

Robert is maintaining the family traditions of the Taylor family.  His father Brian Taylor and his grandfather Robert (Bertie) Taylor both gave outstanding service to the people of Drogheda as members and presidents of the Drogheda Rotary Club.  Brian Taylor was president of the Club in 1974 and Bertie Taylor was president in 1968.  Also, Robert has followed his antecedents into the family law practice.

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Cool Antarctic Exploration Lunch & Talk

Sir Ernest Shakelton was inspired by poetry and used it many times to motivate his fellow Antarctic explorers.  Rotary Club Drogheda was thrilled to hear these personal details and many more from Jonathan Shakelton, a cousin of Sir Ernest. 

Jonathan Shakelton made a captivating after lunch talk to Drogheda Rotary Club last Monday.  Over 40 diners enjoyed the lunch and the delightful, informative and amusing presentation.  

Although there was a little bit of technical difficulties to be overcome regarding the synchronising of equipment the presentation on the the history of Antarctic exploration went without a hitch.  This, of course, was in contrast to Ernest Shakelton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914 which was both a failure and a triumph.  Although the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition failed in its objective to cross the Antarctic Continent. Their ship was crushed in pack ice.  How the crew survived the Antarctic winter on the ice and the subsequent survival of the crew in gruelling conditions was a triumph of endurance and human spirit.  It is remembered as Shackleton’s most famous exploit.

Although it was a mild and wet 14c in Drogheda on Monday, we were advised by Jonathan that it was -40c in the Antarctic and was heading south to -50c the following day.  

Jonathan has been many times to the 7th Continent and has lead numerous trips.  He regaled the audience with own perspective of the most inhospitable environment on the planet.  Also, he interspersed the talk with anecdotes about some very famous people from the entertainment industry whom he has accompanied.

Drogheda Past President, Charlie Allen, presented Jonathan with a bottle of Mackinlay’s Shackleton Blended Malt.  This whisky is inspired by the whisky left behind in Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton in the early 1900s and discovered frozen but intact over 100 years later.  The blended malt continues in the footsteps Shakelton. It is created once again and based on the flavour profile of Shackleton’s favourite tipple.

Jonathan Shakelton Charlie Allen
Charlie Allen right of picture presented Jonathan Shakelton with a bottle of Mackinlay’s Shackleton Blended Malt as Drogheda Rotary Lunch.

Jonathan Shakelton Rotary Lunch Speaker 20th May 2019

Jonathan Shakelton author and historian will speak at the Monday lunch of Rotary Club Drogheda on 20th May 2019 at 12:45.   This promises to be an exceptional occasion and Drogheda Rotary Club is delighted to be hosting the event.   Jonathan will speak after the lunch and promises to deliver a interesting, memorable and enticing insight into modern and historic exploration of the the 7th continent.

The function is a social fundraising event for Drogheda Rotary Club.  The cost of the lunch is €25.  Contact Julian Grant at email julian.grant@tvgrant.com for a reservation before noon on Friday 17th May 2019.

Jonathan Shackleton

Jonathan Shackleton is cousin of the Irish Kildare-born Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. He is the family historian for the Irish Shackletons whose ancestor founded a Quaker school in Ballitore, County Kildare, in 1726. Jonathan is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, in Natural Sciences and was awarded his Masters Degree from Ohio State University for work in Arctic Alaska.


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