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Centenary Events

Centenary Events


Monday 4th July 2011- Presidential Invitation - Áras an Uachtaráin


President Adrian and Margaret (Belfast Club) and President Randal and Jennifer (Dublin Club) were delighted to accept the invitation of Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, to Áras an Uachtaráin. Also present were RIBI President Burman, District 1160 District Governor Barney Callaghan and District Secretary Niamh Mulholland.  Report


Monday 25th July 2011 - Special Club Meeting - Europa Hotel

To celebrate the first meeting of the Rotary Club of Belfast on 24th July 1911 this unique Club Centenary Meeting was held in the evening of 25th July in the Europa Hotel. District Governor Barney Callaghan attended as did the Presidents of the Clubs which the Rotary Club of Belfast extended. The meeting specially re-enacted the first Club meeting in ‘the style of the time’. In addition, the sealed box, filled 50 years ago and presented to Rotarian Alan White (the youngest member at the time) was presented to Centenary President Adrian and opened.  Report

Thursday 15th September 2011 - Celebratory Dinner - City Hall Belfast

dinner 01-1093The gala Charity Dinner held Thursday 15 September 2011 in the magnificent surroundings of the City Hall, Belfast celebrated the Club's 100 years continuous service to the City of Belfast, the island of Ireland and worldwide since the first meeting in 1911.

The centrepiece in our year of celebrations we were delighted to have as special guests: Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant from the County Borough of Belfast Dame Mary Peters, Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland President Burman (pictured 3rd left) and Rotary District Governor Barney Callaghan (pictured far left).

Keynote speeches were given by RI President Kaylan Bangeree (by video link), RIBI President Burman and President Adrian.  Report

22nd - 25th September 2011 - District 1160 Conference, Limerick


The Conference themed “The Next 100 Years” was held in Limerick 22-25 September 2011.

The Club's Centenary was uniquely presented to the Conference by PP Bryan Johnston (again resplendent in period costume) ADG Maurice Brooks, PP Arthur Boyd, Ronnie Porter and President Adrian. Report

Sunday 30th October 2011 - Service of Thanksgiving, St Anne's Cathedral

service10-1222In celebration of 100 years of Rotary Service in the City of Belfast and beyond the Club held an Inter-denominational Service of Thanksgiving in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on Sunday 30 October.

The Choral Evensong was conducted by The Very Reverend John Mann, Dean of Belfast Cathedral. The invited congregation comprised visiting clergy, Dame Mary Peters, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast, Past District Governors, Officers and members of Rotary Clubs throughout Ireland together with representatives from many of the charitable organisations with which the Club has been associated.  Report 

                                                - MT4Uth Concert, May St Church Belfast


The 50 strong, talented, young cast, selected from auditions across Ireland, entertained, thrilled and delighted all the audience with a show of song, dance and drama in their spectacular musical West Side Story. 

Held specially for the Club Centenary, this special Rotary Family Concert by MT4Uth concluded their Belfast Festival's run in May St Church.  Report


Monday 14th November 2011 - 21 Gun Salute, 12 noon Hillsborough Castle

aDSC 2794-1392A special day was had by the Club when the Club proudly celebrated the Centenary at a 21 Royal Gun Salute fired at noon Monday 14 November 2011, the birthday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. At this singular event 3 ceremonial light guns were fired at 12 noon simultaneously with salutes held in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gibraltar, York and Stirling. 

Our own Honorary Member Dame Mary Peters, DBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Belfast inspected the troop after the Salute.  Report

Saturday 28 January 2012 - District Council Dinner

Group2-1484The Club were delighted to organise a dinner in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings for Rotary Clubs throughout Ireland who had gathered in Belfast to attend the Council Meeting of Rotary District 1160 (Ireland). The dinner, recognising the Centenary of The Rotary Club of Belfast by District 1160 was kindly hosted, on behalf of the Club, by Michelle McIlveen MLA. 

DG Barney Cavanagh held the Council meeting in Belfast as an honour to the Belfast Club as he had been touched to see present the 3rd generation of founder members and a long service member at the Club Centenary Meeting.  Report 

Thursday 31 May 2012 - Dinner in the House of Lords

CNV00114-1723Members and their guests were privileged and delighted to attend the Club's House of Lords Dinner on Thursday 31 May 2012 on the eve of the Diamond Jubilee weekend. Nearly 120 gathered at the Palace of Westminster for the Dinner kindly hosted by The Lord Laird of Artigarvan and Kevin Cahill and we were joined by Rotarians from the London and Kingston Rotary Clubs, their Guests and other representatives from North, South America, Australia and Europe.

Lord Laird, resplendent in his Kilt, welcomed the Guests in the Great Hall of Westminster, and gave an extended tour of both Houses of Parliament and other Rooms and Chambers at Westminster. Following a convivial reception dinner was enjoyed in the House of Lords Peers Dining Room during which entertainment was provided by performers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Report

 2012 Friday 29 June 2012 - Unique Rotary Charity Garden Party

7K1X0289 2_-1884The Club held Hillsborough Castle’s largest ever Charity Garden Party on Friday 29 June. Concluding the Club’s Centenary year it was attended by over 600 people from all of Ireland, GB and USA, raised much needed funds for Charity and featured exceptional entertainment. 

It celebrated the Centenary of Rotary in Ireland with the Dublin and Belfast Clubs having been founded in 1911 and at the conclusion of the party President Adrian (Belfast Club) and President Mark Doyle (Dublin Club) held aloft Dame Mary Peters' Olympic torch aloft to herald the next 100 hundred years of Rotary in Ireland.

This was a garden party with a difference… and a remarkable day for Rotary in Ireland. The magnificent sum of over £13, 000 was raised for the charities End Polio Now, SOS Bus and FASA.  




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