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President's Message

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I thank you all for bestowing the honour of National President on me for 2018/2019. I am privileged to represent and to lead all the members of Soroptimist Clubs, throughout the Republic of Ireland. In fact I am incredibly proud of the goodwill, the dedication to serve and above all the friendships forged in our clubs.

I joined Soroptimist International Athlone & District in 1992 and have served as club president on two occasions.    On the National Executive, I have been Honorary Secretary twice, the Vice President and  President Elect.   I am enthusiastic about taking on the role as National President of S.I. Republic of Ireland.

 “The Power of One” is my motto to lead this year. The Power of One can change your club. It only takes one person to invite a new member to join, mentor a new member and offer to be a genuine friend. The Power of One can empower us as women. The success of achievement, the joy of friendship and the belief that YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.   I hope that you, as  fellow Soroptimists are empowered to believe in your  own ability to lead change and to be the best you  can be.

Our ideals as Soroptimists are to educate, to enable and to empower women and girls. We work together on programmes to promote these ideals. Our national project is “Safe Home, Safe Community” with its  focus on the issue of domestic violence.  Soroptimist members in all of our clubs will advocate, raise awareness, create a conversation and fundraise to support the services on the issue of domestic violence. In 2014 The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women came into force. To date Ireland has not ratified this Istanbul Convention. As strong women, we have a voice and we will use our power, our voices, to ask why has Ireland not ratified the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women.  

I am passionate about caring for the environment. I aim to instil a love of nature and a sense of awe and respect for our world. I would hope to share this passion with my fellow Soroptimists during my year as President

A century ago was the start of a whole new world for women, when women got the right to vote for the first time in 1918. The Suffragettes campaign to promote women’s right to vote, women’s voices, women’s involvement in all walks of life makes a difference for us all. Soroptimist International members continue this work to improve the lives of women. I am proud to be a Soroptimist and a feminist. If you share our vision we would be delighted to welcome you.

Thank you.  Darina Dolan.

2023 Soroptimist International Convention

Press Release Day  Date October 2018
 Soroptimist International Republic Of Ireland to Host
Soroptimist International Convention in Dublin, July 2023

Soroptimist Republic Ireland are delighted to announce that they are the successful bidders to host the 2023 Soroptimist International Convention which will take place in July 2023 in Dublin. The Dublin Convention Centre was agreed by the board of Soroptimist International as the host venue, which will attract two to three thousand Soroptimists and their guests from all over the world. With this convention only being held every four years, needless to say the competition in the bidding process was very high. Fáilte Ireland supported the Soroptimist bid which included letters of endorsement from their CEO and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.  (more...)

SIGBI project supporting women in Meru, Kenya to agricultural sustainability. (more >>)

Meru Garden Project

Oralia Ruano Lima was among the first women in her indigenous community to join an all-female entrepreneurship project as a beekeeper. Today the women beekeepers of Urlanta, a village in the south eastern region of Guatemala, are bringing in sustainable jobs and income to their rural communities and changing mindsets and attitudes towards women.


Darina Dolan, National President

Darina Dolan
National President

Judith Ironside

Judith Ironside, a woman whose voluntarism permeated through local and national organisations all her life, died peacefully at her home in Spanish Point, Co Clare, on 31st December.

Judith was a former National President (1989-1990) and long-serving and active member of Ennis & District Soroptimists.  She was a person who threw herself head-long into any project she became involved in.  As a founding member of the “Caring for Carers” project, Judith was inspirational in identifying the need to support family carers who face the burden of caring for dependent family members at home.  Through this work the Ennis club was awarded ‘The Laureate of Women of Europe Award’ by the Irish Council for the European Movement in recognition of the voluntary efforts at Irish and European level.  Judith travelled to Brussels to collect the award on behalf of the Ennis Club.

The basis of the support for the causes Judith supported was the incredible gift of friendship we all enjoyed with her.  She inspired and bound us and will be remembered as one of our most valuable members.

First photograph: ROI President, Teresa, International President, Mariet and NI President Joanne fundraising for the International President's Appeal,
'Women, Water and Leadership'

Message from Teresa Irwin, immediate past president.
I am so pleased to end my year as National President on such a high note; with the sponsorship by HSBC of Soroptimist International Republic of Ireland Public Speaking Competition.

This competition aims to encourage girls to play a more prominent part in public life, to improve the art of communication and  to develop the skills to speak effectively and to articulate with clarity and conviction.  

Teresa Irwin,

National President 2017 - 2018.

Public Speaking Competition 2018/19

Public Speaking Competition 2018/19


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