About Rotary Castlebar


About Rotary Castlebar

Rotary is a global voluntary service organization whose purpose is to create lasting change in our communities, and in ourselves. It is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit organisation open to all.

Castlebar Rotary Club was founded in 1978 and its members are drawn from the local community. One of its founder members, John McHugh, is still actively involved. Over the years, the Club has been very active in supporting local charities through fundraising and providing on the ground support to community projects.

In pre-COVID-19 times, the members met twice monthly – on the first Tuesday to discuss club business and on the third Tuesday for a social event. However, in compliance with HSE guidelines, all face to face meetings are put on hold. Club meetings are now held online.

The current Club Officers for 2020-2021 are:

President: Killian McGarry

Secretary: Finian Joyce

Treasurer: Peter Glynn

Through various and novel fundraising activities, the club has supported many local charities over the years, including: Castlebar Social Services, Mayo Mental Health Association, Love Castlebar, Castlebar Tidy Towns, Rock Rose House, ISPCC, Family Carers, Irish Pilgrimage Trust, St Anthony’s Special School, Irish Wheelchair Association, Cancer Care West, Mayo Pink Ribbon Appeal, Women’s Refugee Centre, Rape Crisis Centre, St Vincent de Paul, St Brids Special School, Sacred Heart Home, Emigration Liaison Committee.

The club has also been involved in Youth Development Projects such as Youth Leadership Development; Mock Interviews; and Healthy Eating Promotion in St Patricks BNS.

As part of Rotary International, the club has supported appeals such as polio eradication, Tsunami & Earthquake Relief; Emergency Aid and the elimination of water borne diseases in Africa.

The club, though fundraising activities, has also directly supported school building projects in South Africa & Tanzania.

New members are always welcome.