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Outgoing President Joe Costello hands the chains over to Hilda Conway

Outgoing President Joe Costello hands the chains over to Hilda Conway

Ger Cashman and Pat Caulfield

Ger Cashman and Pat Caulfield

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Outgoing President Joe Costello hands the chains over to Hilda Conway

The Wexford Lions Club has officially unveiled its new president following a socially distanced ceremony at Selskar Abbey.

Hilda Conway received the Presidential chains from outgoing President Joe Costello on what was the 33rd anniversary of women becoming members of Lions Clubs across the globe.

Discussing Hilda's work in Wexford, club PRO Rosemary Hartigan Hayes said, 'Hilda is well known in Wexford, from her work in AIB, her involvement in local amateur dramatics, and her tireless community work.

'Hilda's commitment to Lions and our "We Serve" motto, is clear to all, particularly through her leadership of our Trabolgan Holiday project.'

Joe Costello thanked members for their work and support over the past 12 months. On accepting the position of President, Hilda noted that she had big shoes to fill. However, according to Rosemary, the club members have no doubt of her ability to lead them, particularly in the next months of uncertainty.

Meanwhile, club member Ger Cashman and former member, Pat Caulfield, are stepping outside the Model County for this year's 'Walk for Wexford'.

The pair are trekking along St Declan's Way, an ancient ecclesiastical route from Cashel in Tipperary to Ardmore on the Waterford Coast. The route covers 90km broken down into five stages and the pair are tackling it over the course of five weeks.

Starting on July 9 they walked from Cashel to Cahir. The following week they started in Cahir and set out for Goatenbridge. On Thursday, July 23, possibly the hardest of the five days, they started in Goatenbridge and went over the Knockmealdown mountains at Crohan, approximately 520m above sea level.

Ger, an adopted Wexfordian, was very happy to see his alma mater of Mount Mellary after their five hour trek.

This week the pair will set out from Mount Mellary with a gentler walk through East Waterford to Knocknasagh. Their last leg of the journey will be on August 6, from Knocknasagh to Ardmore.

The men are walking the route to raise funds for two Lions Clubs projects; Wexford Lions are continuing to support Blood Bikes South East and, nationally, the Lions Clubs of Ireland are supporting the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra. This school provides educational facilities for children of all ages as well as offering boarding faclities.

Donations may be made online through the following link : https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11388333_st-declan-s-way-pilgrim-walk---cashel-to-ardmore.html

Their journey can be followed on Wexford Lions Club Facebook page.

Wexford People