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President Darina Dolan visited the Ennis club.

President Sarah Malone welcomed some potential new members and Darina.

The guest speaker Sarah’s sister was speaking on the secret of looking younger. Darina spoke about Programme Action in our clubs and STEM for girls.

Darina made a presentation to Jenny Shaw to thank her for her wonderful work with the Soroptimist Benevolent Fund.

Photo L to R Darina Dolan National President, Jenny Shaw, Benevolent Fund Organser and Sarah Malone President SI Ennis.

Presentation of cheque by SI Ennis for Clare Haven Services

Jazz bunch in aid of Clare Haven Services

SI Ennis and District hosted a fundraiser for Clare Haven Services who support women and children in Clare experiencing domestic violence. Over 80 people attended and were entertained by Jazzlite. This is the fourth year the club has hosted this event and we support a different charity each year. The event was attended by members, family and friends and a number of staff from Clare Haven.

Judith Ironside Judith Ironside, a woman whose volunteerism 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.

S.I. Ennis assist assist asylum seekers with cooking facilities

Proud to see our club’s work acknowledged by Arlene Harris in The Sunday Times 26.77.2017 as part of our current project to address the problems with direct provision in Ireland - “Living in Limbo”


North / South Conference, Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, May 2016.

SI Ennis members attending the North South Conference held in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar.

SI Ennis members attending the North / South Conference 2016.

Public Speaking Competition Ennis
National President Sarah attending a meeting of SI Ennis, January 2016.

Ball in aid of Rape Crisis Midwest.

Soroptimist International Candlelight Ball at Dromoland Castle.

Dr Gwen Murray-Flynn, President of the Ennis and District Soroptimists, hosted a Gala Candlelight Ball at Dromoland on Sat 1st of November 2014. The event was held to support the work of Rape Crisis Midwest.

Since its foundation over fifty years ago the Ennis Club has supported many charitable causes and initiated many projects.  One in particular was the foundation of the Caring  for Carers by member Judith Ironside which this year celebrates 25 years in operation.

In her welcoming speech at the event President Gwen explained the vital services the Rape Crisis Midwest provides since its foundation in 1980.  Fundamental to its work is the provision of free confidential non-judgemental crisis support and counselling for all survivors of sexual violence to both men and women in Clare Limerick and Tipperary. The organisation relies heavily on volunteers and fundraising to enable them to continue to deliver their services into the future. 

The Ennis and District Soroptimists are very grateful to the many sponsors and members of the public who supported  and contributed to the  success of the event .

(Soroptimist committee who organised the Candlelight Ball in aid of Rape Crisis Midwest).

Fifty Years of fundraising and friendship

Supporting an amazing 55 charities since its foundation in 1964, the Ennis and District Soroptimist Club have been at the forefront of charitable fundraising for five decades.

A celebration of the 50th. Anniversary of the organization was held in Ennis at the weekend, with current president Deirdre Power O’Donnell describing it as a “wonderful occasion”.

Guest speaker in the Old Ground Hotel was Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, with an address also given by Soroptimist National President Noreen Walshe. There were attendances not only from local members, past and present, but also representatives from 10 other Soroptimist clubs around Ireland.

Deirdre, daughter of founding member Maura Power, recalled how her mother and the other founders Peg Ruttle, Tras Honan, Marie O’Gorman, and Ann O’Driscoll started the organization 50 years ago.

She said the spirit that encouraged the founders to work for the good of the local community continues on in the organisation’s current membership.

The organization was initially founded in Ennis to raise money for a school for children with special needs. Those initial efforts resulted in the establishment of St. Clare’s, with coffee mornings run to pay the salary of the special needs teachers, which was eventually taken over by the Department of Education.

“I was a child growing up with the Soroptimists and I saw first-hand the amazing work they did. They were great women, they worked hard and helped to grow the club into what it has become today. It is a fantastic organization that does a lot of good. It has helped 55 charities over the years and our members work very hard and are committed to fundraising”, she said.

Membership of the club continues to grow and the number of causes and charities had widened. In the establishment of the club, the founding members were greatly supported and encouraged by the Limerick Soroptimist club.

Over the last 50 years, a number of members have served as national presidents of the Soroptimist Association of the Republic of Ireland.

They have also spear headed national projects, with one of the proudest moments for the local organization being the founding of the Caring for Carers project.

This is now an autonomous organisation but still with many links into the greater national Soroptimist Association.

Other highlights for the club included receiving Laureate of Women of Europe Award by the Irish Council of the European Movement. This nomination was made in recognition of the voluntary efforts of the Ennis members at Irish and European level. Long serving member Judith Ironside, who identified the need to support those who face the burden of caring for the elderly or infirm at home and who inspired the foundation of the Caring for Carers organization collected the award on behalf of our club.

The Ennis club is still championing causes at local and national level. They have recently completed another very successful project, 65 Roses, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. The club has grown in its 50 years of fundraising and friendship with a current membership of 41, making it one of the bigger clubs.

Jessica Quinn, The Clare Champion, Friday, February 28th. 2014.


Ennis Soroptimists raise a whopping €75,000 for CF.

Over two years of fundraising endeavor by members of the Ennis and District Soroptimist Club was rewarded recently when €63,000 was officially donated to University Hospital, Limerick.

This significant donation was the main portion of an ambitious major national charity project.

The Soroptimists’ 65 Roses Cystic Fibrosis Campaign ran from 2009 to 2011.

During the inaugural year, Clare Colleran-Molloy, now a candidate for the local election in the Ennis and Environs electoral Area, was club president. Ms. Colleran-Molloy also served as the national leader for the two-year 65 Roses Project and set out the objective of raising €100,000 to help cater to the needs of people with cystic fibrosis.

The Ennis Club was the lead club and along with 20 other Soroptimist clubs in Ireland, approximately €106,000 was raided, €6,000 more than the initial target.

A number of coffee mornings were hosted by Ennis members and a “Miami Dice” casino night was held at the Old Ground Hotel.

Succeeding president Deirdre Hughes continued the fundraising efforts with a Christmas evening of music and song at Dromoland Castle in 2010, in addition to coffee mornings and other events.

The final year was presided over by Stasia McDermott, whose main fundraising event was a spring/summer fashion show in May 2011.

When all the money was raised, a presentation had to be made to the national organization about where this money would be spent.

Ennis Soroptimists raise €75,000 for CF
Members of the Ennis and District Soroptimist Club presenting the cheque to paediatric cystic fibrosis consultant, Dr. Brian Casserly, at University Hospital Limerick. (L-R) Dr. Deirdre O'Donnell, psychiatrist, president of Ennis and District Soroptimist EDS; mary Stafford, EDS; Dr. Casserly; Peg Harnett, cystic fibrosis nurse; Denise Cox, Stasia McDermott, and Clare Colleran-Molloy, EDS.

Paediatric cystic fibrosis consultant, Dr. Brian Casserly, was asked what would be most beneficial for CF patients and he identified specialized equipment for adult sufferers, which was not available in the region at the time.

Over €75,000 of the funds were raised by the Ennis Club. In addition to the €63,500 given for the equipment for adult CF sufferers, a further €10,000 was donated for juvenile bronchoscopy equipment at UHL, with remaining funds going to the Clare branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.

Dan Danaher, The Clare Champion, Friday, March 7th., 2014.

Funds for Syria

President Deirdre O'Donnell, of Soroptimist
International Ennis & District with Ann Quinn, Ennis member, at the Coffee
Morning to raise funds for the Syrian refugees, who are mainly women &
children. Over 1,000 euro raised which was forwarded to UNICEF Ireland.
The Coffee Morning took place at Ennis Cathedral.

The Friendship Weekend and out- of- town meeting was held in Ennis from 23rd to 25th of September 2011.  

The venue for the events over the weekend was the Old Ground Hotel.

There were lots of activities to choose from on Saturday afternoon - all in the town area - walking tour, shopping, golf, etc.

Our guest speaker for the dinner was broadcaster and journalist,Ger Colleran, who gave a very lively talk..

  • Welcome supper on Friday evening.
  • Dinner on Saturday evening

We enjoyed welcoming you back again to Ennis for a wonderful weekend.

Ennis members get kitted out

Ennis members get kitted out