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 Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Ballinasloe.


SI Ballinasloe


SI Ballinasloe is the youngest club in SIROI. We have benefitted from the experience of our sister clubs and retained our original charism. Our large group photo represents our founding members. In line with the history of Soroptimists many have left and others have joined Bernadette Rothwell and Maria Finnegan are current members, still supporting Friendship and Service which are our core value.

Our second photo is SI Ballinasloe in Action before covid 19 restrictions. We supported the national spring- clean by picking up plastic (PUP). Currently, our PUP action is done in smaller groups in our individual areas.

Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Ballinasloe.

Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Drogheda.

SI Drogheda

The club was chartered on December 6th. 1958, Dr. Patricia Collins was the first club President. (4th. from the right).

The club was active in the community from the start, pioneering many Local Projects, mentioning but a few:

St John’s Home, St Ita’s School, Adult Literacy.

The organisations inspiring ethos of Friendship and Service to the community has been at the core of the club. To this day we try to uphold these standards, by forming partnerships, North/ South collaborations, involved in National projects, initiating local projects such as The White Ribbon Campaign and S.T.E.M. for Girls.

Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Drogheda.

Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Dublin.

SI Dublin

SI Dublin celebrated our 80th anniversary in 2018 with lunch in the Four Seasons Hotel.  The collage shows some of the charities we have supported and the Program Action activities the club has undertaken over the years. 

Our second photograph was taken at the same event and was chosen as we nominated Ann Kavanagh (on left) for the ‘Who Is She’ SIGBI centenary celebration and were thrilled when she was chosen as one of the 100 women.  Ann joined the November Club Zoom meeting and spoke to members about how important Soroptimism had been to her throughout her life. 

[On the collage to the right: Sherard House, Daisy House, Helping Hands, Homestart, Ruhamma, Women’s Aid, Caring for Carers, Pieta House, Turn Off The Red Light, Smell The Roses for Mental Health, White Ribbon, Safetalk, Rosemount Trust, Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital Crumlin, 16 Days of Action, CF 65 Roses & Build a Brick.]

Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Dublin.


Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Ennis. SI Ennis

This historic photograph is of our founding members. Taken in 1964 at the launch of our club it includes the former President of Ireland  Dr. Patrick Hillery, then a T.D. for Co.Clare. 

They proved to be a formidable group of women who championed many causes at both local and national level. Over the years many of them went on to serve in the role of National President of the Association. Their sense of friendship and support for one another allowed the club to develop and thrive. We as members of SI Ennis continue to be inspired by their vision and commitment.
Soroptimist Centenary celebrations, Ennis.

SI Killarney

Killarney Club was founded in 1963 and the Founder President was Mrs. Beatrice Grosvenor C.B.E. (a close relative of English Royalty) who became National President in 1968 and Federation President in 1972.  Other members who have served the National Association include Mai O' Shea - National President in 1975, Teresa Irwin National Treasurer 1991-1997, Mona Looney National President 1999 and Teresa Irwin National President 2016. Founder member and Club President, Elizabeth McCarthy is now an honorary member.

From this long tradition of service to our local community, outlined in ‘The History of Soroptimist Clubs in Ireland’ (2016), we continue to fundraise, in particular with our annual pancake morning which enables us to support local charities and community groups.  Despite the Pandemic, we were able to present Christmas Hampers to Adapt Kerry in 2019/2020 and to make contributions made a contribution to a local Covid Book Project and National School Fundraiser.

Our Annual Woman of the Year award continued up to the Pandemic and will resume as life returns to normal.