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80th. Anniversary!

S.I. Dublin's celebration of their 80th. Anniversary held in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin, on 14th. April 2018.

SI Dublin lunch Apr 16

President Sarah attending the annual lunch of the Dublin Club in the Howth Yacht Club on Saturday 9th April.

Also the representative of “Daisy House”, the President of SI Dublin, and members of SI Dublin and Athlone.

Proceeds in aid of “Daisy House”.

SI Dublin members visiting the refurbished garden that they helped finance from the proceeds of their April Presidents Lunch in Howth Yacht Club.

The cheque of €2,383.00. went towards creating a better space for the residents of Daisyhouse Housing Assocation to enjoy - an area for taking some time out, or indeed meeting up with other residents to chat. 

A welcome retreat in the centre of Dublin.

SI Dublin members: Maura Quill, Patricia Tyrrell, Tina Donohoe, Catherine Giblin and Orla Gilroy from Daisyhouse.

President’s Lunch Dublin 25 April 2015 in support of “Daisy House” President’s Lunch Dublin 25 April 2015 in support of “Daisy House”
President’s Lunch Dublin 25 April 2015 in support of “Daisy House” on the ocasion of their 25th Anniversary.
L/R: Sheelagh Bowers, National Secretary; Catherine Giblin, President SI Dublin; Orla Gilroy,  CEO of “Daisy House”; Margaret Geraghty, National President Soroptimist International; Anne, member of “Daisy House”

Daisy House is a Housing Association supporting people out of homelessness.

SI Dublin presented a cheque for €3000 to Daisyhouse Housing Association
raised at the Howth Lunch in April. Present were Margaret Murray,
Catherine Giblin, Orla Gilroy and Anne Buckley.

Dublin soroptimists' Glasnevin Tour
On Sunday 13 September 2015 SI Dublin organised a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery visiting the graves of famous Irish women buried there and a small memorial service was held at Anne Nugent’s grave.

World Water Day:

Congratulations to SI Dublin for this wonderful initiative! How often do we turn on the tap without thinking and wasting this most precious of all commodities CLEAN water.

Catherine GIblin President SI Dublin presented a donation of €155 to Jeremy Pelczer Chairman of Water Aid. Club members raised money through putting coins in a jar every time they turned on a tap or used water on UN World Water Day 22nd March 2015.

Anne NugentAnne Nugent 1916-2015: Anne Nugent was a role model for Soroptimists worldwide, One of the longest standing members of the Soroptimist International of Dublin Club, she was dedicated to the ideals of Soroptimism and lived a very full life which embraced these ideals. She believed in attending Soroptimist Conferences worldwide in order to keep abreast of developments within the Organisation.  Her many travels included Italy, Turkey, Australia, Austria , France,  Belgium, Canada and Japan including many conferences held in the UK.
Over the years, she was always open to welcoming new members to the club and was well respected and liked by all members.  She will be sadly missed by all. She passed away 20th March 2015, aged 99.

The Soroptimist International of Dublin Club joined many others in a candlelit vigil to commemorate the terroriist attack on the Army Public School  in Peshawar.  On 16 December 2014, 9 gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren, all boys ranging in age between eight and eighteen years of age.  Mourning of killing of innocent school children in Peshawar incident continues in the capital as citizens, representatives of civil society, human rights organizations, teachers, students, traders, and politicians continue to hold candle lit vigils, protests and offering funeral prayers.

Members SI Dublin

Dublin Public speaking Competition

SI Dublin Club held our Girls Public Speaking competition on Saturday 15th November 2014 at the Oak Room at the Mansion House. Convenor Mary Boylan did a fantastic job.We had 19 girls representing 7 schools.

Local winners are Rebecca Ross representing Castleknock Community College, Erica Fenner representing Notre Dame , Churchtown and runner up Aisling Ruigrok representing St Joseph's of Cluny , Killiney. We were honoured to have Dublin Lord Mayor Councillor Christy Burke drop in to wish all the girls well.Everyone enjoyed the day.

President's Lunch:

A very successful and enjoyable  President’s Lunch was held in the Howth Yacht Club on Saturday 26 April 2014. An amount of € 1461.60 was raised for the Irish Heart Foundation. Mr. Barry Dempsey, CEO  thanked  SI Dublin for their wonderful effort and gave a very interesting talk about the work of the Foundation.

Presentation Ten members of the Irish Girl Guides National Office staff and one of the principal volunteers in the organisation received a 3-hour training on
CPR for both adults and children and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

Picture of the  official presentation of the defibrillator from the Dublin Soroptimist Club (represented by Anne Harrington, also National Campaigns Administrator of the Irish Heart Foundation) to IGG (represented by Linda Peters).

Also present in the photograph is Brigid Sinnott (Irish Heart Foundation BLS Coordinator who carried out the training) and Linda Peters (Soroptimist and member of the Girl Guides).


Public Speaking:

Dublin competitors at the Soroptimist Ireland Public Speaking Competition 2013/14 in the Mansion House on Saturday 16th November 2013.

The Big Project Fundraiser:

SI Dublin Club held a fundraising evening for the Big Project at the Gallery No 6 in South Anne Street. The event raised €195.20 for the BIG project which is in partnership with SIGBI and the Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) which will help save the lives of critically ill women, children and babies in the Gambia.

SI Dublin support Endometriosis.

Loreto 3rd Class students from Rathfarnham get their hands on the Beeplus Project.

Blackrock Guild of the ICA:

We may all know how to tweet and facebook but do we know how to make handmade cards, crochet and beaded decorations?

SI Dublin were lucky enough to be shown all this and more by the Blackrock Guild of the ICA. It proved to be great fun, very therapeutic and a great social day for the Dublin Soroptimists and friends. We even had a chance to have our blood pressure checked by a representative from the Irish Heart Founadation.
We also managed to raise  €750.00 for them and came away with some great gift ideas made with our own hands, a very fun and fruitful morning!

Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Awards.

Anne Harrington, President SI Dublin attended the Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Awards for 2013 in the Mansion House in Dublin on Tuesday, 17 September 2013.

The recipients of Amnesty International’s highest honour were Malala Yousafzai, the wellknown 16 year old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot and wounded by the Taliban. The other recipient was Harry Belafonte, entertainer who dedicated his life to humanitarian causes.

75TH. Anniversary Celebrations!

SI Dublin Club celebrated its 75th. anniversary on 23rd. March 2013 with lunch at Howth Yacht Club.

Breast Cancel Research.

Miriam Hand of National Breast Cancer Research Institute received a cheque from 2010 President of Soroptimist International Dublin Club for €5,000.00, proceeds from the Presidents Lunch at Howth Yacht Club to the NBCRI (National Breast Cancer Research Institute). This money will be used to update the computer system at the Institute.

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Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

SI Dublin Club presented a cheque to Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.. They were delighted to receive this donation as their budgets have been cut considerably. They provide a wonderful service with counsellors available by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Not only do they provide a counselling and support service, but they offer training and free legal advice.

A very worthwhile cause.


The TORL campaign held a balloon release and press conference on Friday 24th August 2012 to launch their submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice at the Department of Justice and Equality, which is reviewing legislation into Prostitution in Ireland.

Margaret Murray and Catherine Giblin SI Dublin represented Soroptimist International Republic of Ireland at the press conference. The Turn Off the Red Light Campaign is an alliance of 55 organisations calling for a change in legislation which would criminalise men who purchase sex. This would follow the Swedish Model which has seen a dramatic reduction in Prostitution and Trafficking of women and children since the Swedish Government changed its laws in 1999. Every day over 1100 women and girls as young as 14 years are for sale for sex online in Ireland.


Submissions on behalf of individuals and organisations were received by 31st. August. This included a submission from Soroptimist International Republic of Ireland.

We look forward to the final report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee and call on The Minister for Justice Mr. Alan Shatter to support this change in legislation for the protection of women and girls.

Members of SI Dublin taking part in the Flora Mini Marathon in 2013 & 2014.