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Soroptimist Castlebar

Ann Caulfield-President


Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries.
Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International advocacy is its work across six UN Centres,
where our UN representives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard.Our membership works on grassroots projects that help
women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.

October 4th- Chernobyl Fashion Show-Travellers Friend

October 8th - Bridge Night
October 26-29 - Sigbi Conference, Cardiff, Wales

November 11th - Local Public Speaking Competition
November 17th - Christmas Catwalk Extravanza -Ivy House, Castlebar
                            Fighting Words

November 25th - National Association Meeting - Dublin
November 29th - Mass for deceased members


Pictured above is Kate Gaughan ,St Josephs Secondary School, Foxford-
holding the Mildred O'Brien trophy ,with her proud parents. Kate is this years
winner of the Soroptimist Public Speaking National Final which was hosted by our club.

Kate- pictured with this years adjudicators who we thank for giving of their time
and expertise in adjudicating this years National Final.

National Finals of Public Speaking Competition

We are delighted to be hosting the National Finals of the Public Speaking Competition on
Saturday March 11th in St. Angelas National School, Castlebar.
We look forward to welcoming all the competitors and guests .

Presentation of Cheque to Meals on Wheels

Pictured above -President Therese O'Grady presents a cheque to Deirdre Waldron of the Social Services Centre , Castlebar.
This was the proceeds of the Valentines Tea Dance which was held recently.

Tea Party - Meals on Wheels

SI Castlebar were delighted to organise, in conjunction with Castlebar Social Services Centre, our first Valentines Tea Dance in the Tennis Club.
It was a fantastic evening for the elderly of our community and indeed our own club and we raised a substantial amount of money for Meals on Wheels.
We look forward to working with Castlebar Social Services Centre in the future.

We were delighted to hand over a cheque for €6,500  to Mary Barry of the Castlebar Alzheimers Day Care Centre.
This was the proceeds of our Christmas Catwalk 2016.


Many thanks to all of you who supported our Christms Catwalk 2016.
It was a fantastic success and a very enjoyable evening. Proceeds to The Castlebar Alzheimers Day Care Centre.

Fashion show organising committee


Soroptimist International ROI in conjunction with the Dept. of Justice and Equality held a survey recently in Castlebar
to gauge public awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking in Ireland and their understanding of common signs and
indicators that a person may be a victim. This survey was very important in helping create public awareness around this issue.

Bridge Night

Our annual Bridge Drive took place recently.  Proceeds go to our local Christmas Charities Fund.
A really enjoyable evening was had and we thank all participants for their support.

Winners-Paul Waldron and Mary Walshe

2nd Place- Emer Canny and Irene Walkin

Evening in the Olive Tree

Our club had a great evening in a Mediterranean Restaurant "The Olive Tree" recently.

We chose to go here as part of our National Project. The owner of the restaurant Mustapha Aboubi is from Algeria and spoke to us about his own culture and moving to Ireland and settling into our community. Mustapha also gave a very informative talk on his own project "Human Appeal". He donated the proceeds of the night to Human Appeal Ireland. Thank you Mustapha for your hospitality and a wonderful evening

Membership Month

To mark Membership Month SI Castlebar had a stand in the local Bank of Ireland where people could talk to members and get leaflets and information
about our club and SI International. We really enjoyed it and thanks to all those to stopped by for a chat

Pictured below outgoing Presidents Maura Harrison and Sinead Egan with incoming President Therese O'Grady

We are delighted to welcome 5 new Members into our club. Pictured below are the new members with Presidents SI Castlebar

Maura Harrison, Mary Waldron. Margaret Corkell, Ann O'Sullivan, Odelia Murtagh, Ann Clancy and Sinead Egan

Sarah wins National Public Speaking Competition:

Many congratulations to Sarah Armstrong who won the National Final of the Public Speaking Competition, held in the Mansion House recently.
This is a massive achievement  for Sarah from Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford.
Congratulations also to Alice Forbes who also participated in the National Finals and who was a superb finalist.
We wish both girls the best of luck in the future and we were delighted to have both girls represent S.I Castlebar in this competition.
Many thanks to Therese Moran, our Public Speaking Convenor who put in a huge amount of work to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Soroptimist Public Speaking Final

Best of luck to Alice Forbes and Sarah Armstrong who take part in the National Finals in the Mansion House on Saturday.

Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to Alice Forbes (Westport) and Sarah Armstrong(Swinford) who won the Regional Finals of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition recently. They now advance to the National Finals which will be held in the Mansion House, Dublin on March5th.Best of luck girls.
Pictured with Maura Harrison(Joint President S.I Castlebar), Sarah McCormack(National President) and Monica Barry(President S.I Sligo)
We were all so happy to present a cheque for 6,350 euro to The Mayo Rape Crisis Centre yesterday.This was the proceeds of our Christmas Catwalk which took place last November. Pictured above L-R. Maura Harrison(Joint President SI Castlebar), Loretta Brosnan Mc Donagh(Acting Director MRC),Sinead Egan(Joint President)


An Coilin Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party for the patients of An Coilin took place recently and a very enjoyable time was had by patients, staff and members.

Public Speaking Competition 2015

Congratulations to Alice Forbes(Westport) and Sarah Armstrong(Swinford) who won the Public Speaking Competition today.
They advance to the Regional Finals in Sligo in Jan. Congratulations also to Orla Grealis(Westport) who was the runner-up.

Pictured above members of S.I Castlebar at the Public Speaking Competition
L-R: Yvonne Kilcullen, Mary Waldron, Maura Harrison. Sinead Egan and Maura Mc Guinness


SI Castlebar held our Annual Fundraiser -"Christmas Catwalk" Extravaganza recently in aid of the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre.
It was a great success -a night of food fashion and fun. The event was a sellout and the club would like to thank all of our sponsors and those
who donated spot and raffle prizes. Thanks to everybody who bought tickets to attend the event and who consistently support our club.


ganising Committee.L-R Sinead Egan(Joint Predident), Yvonne Kilcullen, Gertrude Morris, Noreen Walsh, Maura Harrison (Joint President),Anne Collins
Missing from photo Therese Moran, Ann Caulfield, Siobhan Sheils

Thanks to Davitt College School of Rock for some fantastic entertainment

Some great fashion


Members of S.I Castlebar attended the SIGBI Conferencein Glasgow recently. Full report to fol

Sarah Mc Cormack National President R.O.I recieving her chain of office

Princess Anne with past SIGBI President Jenny Vince.

Princess Anne addressed over 1200 delegates about her work with "Save the Children" - a charity she has been patron of since 1970.
Her Royal Highness's work prompted President Kaunda of Zambia to nominate her for the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.

What a line up of Keynote Speakers in Glasgow:
Dame Stella Rimington-first female Director General of MI5
Sarah Montague - British journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4
Jo Fairley - co-founder of Green &Black Organic Chocolate

Annual Bridge Drive in aid of Christmas Charities

- Winners

- runners Up

We are continuing with our Music for Mental Health Project this year as it has proved very popular and successful.

Cookery Demonstration
Members of S.I Castlebar  attended a cookery demonstration hosted by Rua Recently.
We would like to thank Aaron and all those involved for a fabulous evening and also for their continued support for our club.

Club members at their AGM recently.

Gertrude Morris and Sheila Kilkelly presentinh €200 for the Syrian appeal

Celebrating National Womens Day at Lough Lannagh Castlebar

It's nice to see SI Castlebar featuring on the national website

Sheila presented us with a very interesting presentation on Nancy Corrigan, a Mayo woman who became one of the most successful aviation pilots in the U.S training pilots during WW2. Click here to read

Pictured below Cynthia Clampett and Laurita Blewitt (Mayo- Roscommon Hospice )  receiving a cheque for €3,100 from President Anne Collins , from proc

eeds of our Christmas Catwalk. This money will help fund the building of the new Hospice unit in Castlebar which is due to start construction in the near future.

Pictured below Seamus  (Rock Rose House) receiving a cheque for €3,100 from Dr. Anne Collins(President) from proceeds of our Christmas Catwalk fundraiser. All proceeds went to local charities and projects.

Pictured at the Regional finals of the Public Speaking Competition held recently are Alice Forbes(Sacred Heart, Westport), Cora Hoban(Davitt College), Liam Egan(Davitt College) and Margaret Geraghty SI ROI National President and Elaine Hamrock(Sacred Heart, Westport)

Public Speaking Competition
Congratulations to Cora Hoban (Davitt College) and Alice Forbes (Sacred Heart Westport),who were winners of the S.I Public Speaking Competition in Castlebar recently.

Christmas Catwalk 2014

A wonderful night was had by all at the Christmas Catwalk last Friday night, when our club hosted a night of Fashion, Food and Fun to raise  funds for the Hospice
Building Fund and Rock Rose House ,Castlebar. Approx. 250 people attended the event and we thank each and every one of them for their continuing support for
our club. We also thank our very generous sponsors without whom this fundraiser would not have been possible.

The organising committee

Our President Ann Collins addressing our guests.

This years Fashion Show Fundraiser takes place on Nov. 14th in Breaffy House Hotel. Proceeds to Rock Rose House and Mayo Roscommon Building Fund.

Bridge Night Fundraiser 2014

Once again our annual Bridge Drive was a very successful fundraiser with proceeds going to local charities. Many thanks to the Credit Union for their sponsorship. A great night was had by all. PIctured below are the winners.

To view photos from conference click here and click into events

We are delighted with the success of our Joint North/South Conference last weekend and we thank  all the delegates who attended and who made the weekend so memorable. Thanks to our Guest Speakers , Senator Paddy Burke and to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny whose presence was much appreciated. We were also delighted International President Ann Garvie and Federation President Elect Jenny Vince were among our guests.
Click here to see what Ann Garvie had to say about the Conference

Many thanks to S.I Ballina who invited our club to join them for dinner recently. We all had a wonderful night and new friendships were made and others renewed.  

Below find itenary for the Joint Conference. It promises to be a very enjoyable weekend.

   To book accomodation in Breaffy House Hotel         click here 
     and enter Promo Code SOR2014

We as a club are very proud of Amy Crean who represented our region in the National Finals
of the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition. Amy was fantastic and delivered an inspirational
speech. Congratulations to Eimear Dooley who was the winner and we look forward to hearing her
once again at the North/South Conference in May

Congratulations to Amy Crean, Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Claremorris who finished in joint first
position at the Public Speaking Regional Final last Sunday. We wish her the best of luck in the national final on March 11th.

Pictured above President Anne Collins presenting a cheque for 2,830 euro to Mary Barry, Castlebar Alzheimer's Day Care Centre from the proceeds of our fashion show held recently.

Many thanks to Sheila for yet another wonderful presentation on Rosie Hackett.
Click here to see the presentation on Rosie Hackett

Christmas Party

What a wonderful evening we had with the patients and staff of "An Coilin" at the annual Christmas party we host for them. Many thanks to Ms. Deirdre Lee and the students of St. Josephs, Castlebar and Ms. Beirne Rowland and the students of Davitt College for providing some fabulous entertainment for the patients .

We also got the opportunity to present them with a beautiful piano.

Above students of Davitt College entertaining the patients of An Coilin at the Christmas Party recently.

 Students of St. Josephs who sang Christmas Carols for the patients accompanied by their music teacher Ms. Deirdre Lee on new piano bought for the patients.

Members of S.I Castlebar with Anne Collins (President ), Noreen Heston (Town Mayor) and Richard Heraty who presented An Coilin with a new pianp recently.

 Change Nation

Following the very positive feedback on the guest speaker -Paul O'Hara at last week's National Association Meeting, here is a link to Change Nation which you might be interested in.

Fashion Show a huge success

Many thanks to everybody who supported us in our "Christmas Catwalk" venture this weekend. It was a fantastic night of food, fashion and fun and all 250 guests had a great time. Thanks to all the local business' who supported us in so many different ways from raffle prizes and spot prizes to supplying props and decorations  and advice. Thanks also to Henry McGlade who supplied the music and kept our guests dancing until the early hours of the morning. All proceeds go to The Alzheimers Day Care Centre Castlebar and towards our Music for Mental Health Project.

Fashion Show Organising Committee

Our President Anne Collins  welcoming our guests at our Fashion Show

3 of our many models who modelled fashions from 5 local fashion stores

Pictured above  are Maura McGuinness, Noreen Walsh and Monica Joyce at a celebration for Noreen and Monica who are our new National President and National Secretary.

Public Speaking

The winners of the S.I  Public Speaking Competition were Sarah Murphy representing Sacred Heart Secondary School, Westport and Amy Crean representing Mount St. Michael, Claremorris. They now go forward to the Regional Finals which will be held in Ennis on Sunday Feb. 9th. The reserve is Dearbhail McNamara also from the Sacred Heart ,Westport.

Congratulations to our own Noreen Walsh who has just returned from Newcastle-Gateshead where she recieved her chain of office as National President of Soroptimist Ireland. Congratulations also to Monica Joyce who is now National Secretary. We as a club are very proud of their achievement and send them our best wishes for the coming year.

Above - Noreen Walsh and Monica Joyce

Bridge Drive

Pictured above are the winners of our Bridge Drive which took place last Sunday, proceeds go towards our local Christmas charities.
A record number of bridge players took part on the night and we would like to thank everybody who supported us
Click here for more photos

Aras an Uachtarain

Our club was invited recently to visit Aras An Uachtarain to meet President Michael D. Higgins and his lovely wife Sabina. A very enjoyable and memorable day was had by all those who attended.

Summer Outing 2013

S.I Castlebar held its summer outing recently. Members cycled part of the Western Greenway which is a fantastic free walking and cycling trail which links Westport to Achill.  
It is the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in the country and offers fantastic views of Clew Bay and it's many islands.  The cycle was followed by  lunch in Newport House and thanks to Catherine and her staff who looked after us so well.

Coffee Morning

A Coffee Morning was held in the Tennis Club on May 11th. Members of our club made a huge selection of home made
products, cakes, scones etc. It was very enjoyable and there was also an opportunity to purchase books and bags. We
raised nearly €1,000 which will be used to fund our National Project ie providing music tuition to vunerable children. We
thank everybody who donated books/bags, baked cakes and who supported us by attending.

S.I Castlebar supports Music Programme in local school

S.I Castlebar is providing funding for music tuition and purchase of music equipment
for a group of second level students in Castlebar.This project is part of our National project which is Positive Mental Health.
National President Anne O'Driscoll was entertained recently by a group of students involved in the project.  The project which we have undertaked in
co-operation with Music Generation started in April and will run for six weeks.
To find out more about Music Generation click here

National President Anne visits the West!

Frances Walkin, Anne O'Driscoll and Monica Joyce enjoy a round og golf in Enniscrone

We were delighted to welcome National President Anne O'Driscoll to Mayo over the weekend of April 26th -28th. President Anne had a busy weekend starting on Friday morning with a visit to a local secondary school where S.I Castlebar is funding a music project. 15 members joined President Anne that evening for a delightful dinner hosted by National President Elect Noreen Walsh in her home. The following day President Anne joined members from Castlebar and Ballina clubs for golf at Enniscrone Golf Club. They were fortunate to have lovely weather on the day and as the photographs show, great fun. That evening President Anne joined members from both clubs for another lovely dinner in "Crockett's" by the River Moy.  We then made a quick dash back to Castlebar to attend a fundraising concert in aid of Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin in the Church of the Holy Rosary. President Anne returned home on Sunday and we would like to thank her for what was a very enjoyable and memorable visit.

Members of S.I Castlebar enjoy a social evening with President Anne in Noreens home
in Castlebar.

Click here to see more photos of President Annes visit   

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