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    This is the archive of The Rotary Club of Lisburn website from 2022. For the current website, please visit

  • Obituary: Past President John GL McDonough 1948-2021


    John McDonough was born in Armagh into a sporting family. At school he played both hockey and cricket and continued his sporting career when he went up to Queen’s University in 1967, playing both hockey and cricket and winning an Irish Senior Cup hockey medal in 1972. After qualifying in Dentistry he and Margaret were married and spent a number of years in South Africa before returning to Northern Ireland and establishing their dental practice in Lisburn.
    John joined the Rotary Club of Lisburn in 1996. He participated enthusiastically in all of the Club’s activities, particularly the social events. He was a stalwart of the cookery class which ran for many years and also the Rotary golf society. He was elected President of the Club in 2003-04.
    Over quite a few years John organised many highly successful golf fundraisers for Rotary charities at Dunmurry Golf Club, drawing participants from his wide range of sporting and other contacts to enjoy the course and supporting various charities including, more recently, Masicorp, an educational and skills training charity in South Africa.
    John was the first rotarian in the Club to see that a website was the way forward for clubs in the 21st century as a means of communicating information and highlighting the various ways in which Rotary contributed to society. In 2005, he enlisted his son Andrew to develop a website and updated it regularly until 2020 when current information was put up on Facebook. John was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ideals and principles of Rotary in general and to this club in particular and he was the embodiment of all that a great Rotarian should be.
    His absence is sorely missed by all of us who were privileged to call him our friend.

  • Sister Act / Fusion Theatre/ Thursday 5th March 7.30

    Our busy Social organiser PP Sandra  has organised a party to go the Fusion theatre production of Sister Act in the Island Centre, Lisburn at 7.30 pm on Thursday 5th March. Sandra will be in foyer at 7.00pm to distribute tickets. At present there are a possible 31 booked. please contact Sandra re any changes

  • Lunch Meeting Friday 21st February / Speaker Neil Sutherland

    img_0826-copyNeil Sutherland’s passion for the outdoors was first ignited when,as aboy he spent every school holiday with his grandparents,who crofted in the Scottish highlands.He had alread joined the scouts and later amoutain rescue team,to which he would later become leader.When he retired in 1998 Neil and his wife Libby joined the Holiday Fellowship Ramblers, anorganisation designed to offer inexpensive walking holidays abroad. Aside fro 6 trips to Nepal,they have led expeditions to parts of the world most people only dream about. To date he has led 6 trips to long haul destinations,19 to Europe and sevreal others to mainland UK.

    VP Paul and Linda have joined him on trips to Morocco in 2013 and India in 2017

  • Trevor Guy Bursary 2020

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  • Burned / The RHI story Sam McBride



  • The Delorean Story / Nick Sutton

    Friday Lunch meeeting 31st January

    Nick Sutton  who had written the book about Delorean and was involved with the whole project fron the start to finish,took us through a short history of the financing, the production process and eventual failure of the dream of producing the Delorean supercar in West Belfast in the 1980s during the worst of the ttrouble. We were also delighted to have a Delorean at Malone for members to examine. needless to say Presiden John a Lotus enthusiast was in his element


  • Celebrating Burns at Malone Golf club


    On Saturday 25th January the Club celebrated Burns night at Malone Golf Club. Some 70 members and guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal of Scotch Broth, Haggis ,RoastBeef after a champagne reception. Sinead from Public Speaking NI provided the piper and music and recitals of Burns works.TheHaggis was pipedi and then addressed by Sinead before been served with neets and tatties.

    Photographs of the night are available on the Rotary Club of Lisburn Facebook page





  • Listen hEar charity/ Lunch 24th January



  • The Percy French story with Dr Mike Crooks

    Dr Mike Crooks enertained the club at the lunch meeting on 17th Januarywith his love of Donegal and the life of Percy French.He took us through the life story of Percy French with examples of his art,poetry and song reciting and singing many  of his better known works. He was ably assisted by out own baritone President Elect Paul.


    Also at the meeting President John presented  PP Johnny Simpson with his Past Presidents medal