Lions Club President welcome new magazine

Mr. John F. Hanley, President, Roscommon Lions Club, addressed guests at Friday night’s launch of 4U magazine. He said he was delighted to see the magazine project reach this stage. Stating that suicide was a major problem in society which had to be faced up to, Mr. Hanley said that members of Roscommon Lions Club had pledged a couple of years ago to try and do something about the instances of suicide in County Roscommon.    There were three groups within the Lions Club working hard on a number of matters, including the provision of a new youth centre, the suicide project and funding for the Sacred Heart Hospital.    A Suicide Awareness & Prevention Sub-Committee had been set up within the Lions Club and its first chairperson was Ciaran Mullooly. Mr. Hanley said that Ciaran Mullooly had been a tremendous driving force in setting up the ASIST training programme. The ASIST programme had to date provided training for about 150 people within the community as part of the Lions Club initiative.    Mr. Hanley paid tribute to Paul Healy and his colleagues on the editorial board/sub-committee for all the voluntary work involved in planning and compiling the magazine.    He said that he was delighted the four students involved had made such a great contribution and he wished to pay tribute to them for their excellent work.   Patrick Gill, speaking on behalf of the four student members of the editorial board, said that the magazine was ‘for and by young people.’ Describing the experience of being involved in its production, he said that the magazine had allowed the young people to find a new way of expressing themselves. He thanked the students’ colleagues on the editorial board for all their help.