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26 June 2024


John Esler - President 2024-25

On Tuesday 25th June President Michael handed oner the chain of office to John Esler as our new President. President John and his team then outlined exciting plans for the year ahead.

On the evening of Wednesday 26th, 14 members assembled in Cooper's restaurant to thank Past President Michael for a fantastic year in office. Great venue, good company and mighty craic!

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President John presenting Past President Michael with his Past President badge.

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26 January 2024



The Annual Charity Breakfast was again held in Bushfoot Golf Club with Chef Melvin (Mel) Archibald and his family providing exceptional food throughout the morning.

Chef Melvin was piped in carrying the haggis by Piper David Linton and followed by Dr. John Kerr who as usual delivered an excellent address to the haggis.

President Michael Magee served the tots of whisky which were gratefully received by all present.

The funds raised would be used for our continuing support of prostate cancer Research at Queens University Belfast, a world-renowned centre of excellence in this field.

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The first to arrive with Chef Melvin Archibald

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26 January 2024


2024 Technology Tournament

The 2024 Rotary Technology Tournament was again organised by the Rotary Club of Coleraine and held on 25 January at Loreto College Coleraine in their superb Technology Suite.

The competition saw teams of four students being challenged to develop a working model to transport a load across a river using only the resources and equipment provided.

The teams of four had to use their engineering and technology skills to design and build a solution in a specific time frame.

The results are as follows:


Dominican College Team 1

Intermediate / Advanced

Loreto College Team 3 and Runners-up Loreto College Team 2



Dominican College Team 1

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The Overall Winners, Dominican College, Portstewart, with the Mayor, Steven Callaghan

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27 April 2023


President Joan with the Technology Tournament Winners

The 2023 Rotary Technology Tournament saw fifteen teams of young people put their technology skills to use to create a coin sorter.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Coleraine, was held on 27 April at Loreto College Coleraine in their superb Technology Suite. The competition saw girls and boys from Loreto College, Cross and Passion School (Ballycastle) and Coleraine Grammar School and Ballycastle High School take part in the day-long event.

The teams of four had to use their engineering and technology skills to design and build a vehicle from the material provided for the purpose.

There were three sections and an Overall winner and were


The Overall Winners Loreto College, Coleraine, with President Joan

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29 November 2022


President Joan presents three Paul Harris Fellowships

PHF awards were made to three local people who had made a significant contribution to the local community.

Raymond Pollock who has raised hugh sums to enable seriously ill or disabled children to visit Santa at his home in Lapland 

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Paul Harris Fellowships presented by President Joan.

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1 July 2022


President Joan started her year with a BBQ on her first night


A social evening, in the form of a BBQ, was held at The Crannagh complex organised by Jimmy Dempsey and John Esler.

John organised the food, ably assisted by his wife Linda's salad dishes which went down a treat!

Jimmy took charge of the two barbecues and cooked everything to perfection including steak, sausages, veggie kebabs and burgers.

A great night was had by all and although it was not a fundraising night there was an excess of £289 deposited to our charity account. 

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Our BBQ experts.

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7 APR 2022


2022 STEM Technology Tournament

The 2022 Rotary Technology Tournament saw eight teams of young people put their technology skills to use to create a vehicle powered only by weight.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Coleraine, was held on 7 April at Agherton Church Hall in Portstewart. The competition saw girls and boys from Coleraine College and Coleraine Grammar School take part in the day-long event.

The teams of four had to use their engineering and technology skills to design and build a vehicle from material provided for the purpose. The finished articles, powered solely by weight, had then to make their way along a specially designed test track and raise a flag in the process – a challenging task indeed.

The judges had a difficult job assessing the excellent work carried out by the teams. The judges were Tom Keane from Sentinus, who provided Certificates and display boards, Norman Malcolmson, Allprint Design and Print Ltd, Alix Humphrey, principal development engineer at CDEnviro and Milne Rowntree from the Rotary Club of Coleraine.

The winners at Foundation Level, Year 10, were: First place, Coleraine Grammar School Team 1, Second place Coleraine College Team 3.

The winners at Intermediate Level, Year 11, were: Coleraine College.

The winners at Advanced Level, Year 13, were: Coleraine Grammar School.

The overall winners of the event were Coleraine Grammar School, Advanced level.

The prizes were presented by Alderman Norman Hillis and Coleraine Rotary vice-president Joan Breen. The Assistant District Governor of Rotary Ireland, Michael Fleming, also addressed the contestants.

Thanks go to the teachers and students from both schools, the Rotarians and friends who supported the event on the day and Sainsbury’s Coleraine for their kind support.

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2022 Overall Winners, Coleraine Grammar School

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17 Jan 2022


Youth Leadership Competition

Coleraine Area Final

Rotary Club of Coleraine wishes to congratulate Loreto College pupil, Cora McEwan, on winning this year's Youth Leadership Competition for schools in the Coleraine area.

This year’s Rotary Ireland Youth Leadership competition included an indepth interview covering varied topics such as the Coronavirus Pandemic, COP26 Environmental Conference issues, and Post Brexit implications for N Ireland of the NI Protocol. Cora will progress to a Zone Final to compete against pupil candidates from across the whole of Ireland.

Mrs Cliodhna Rae, Rotary Club of Coleraine, presented the winning prize for Coleraine schools to Cora, and wished her well for the next stage of interviews. Also pictured is Mrs Oonagh McEwan, Head of Sixth Form, Loreto College, Coleraine.

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Youth Leadership Winner

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 3  Dec 2021
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 Fundraiser held at the Tree of Memories collection point @ Sainsburys on 3rd, 10th and 17th December raised a total of: £2492.92


Thank you to everyone who contributed directly or indirectly.


Rotary recently hosted Prof Joe O'Sullivan, world expert oncologist on prostate cancer who is developing new treatments to improve outcomes from all aspects of this disease. His talk was very informative and the main message is for men to get checked regularly and be open to discuss the issue of prostate cancer.

About 1 in 9 men in NI will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and the risk increases with age.

Detection early is the lifesaver.

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Christmas collection for Prostate Cancer

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23 Sep 2021
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29 Nov 2021


Rotary Tree Planting at Care Homes - 23 September 2021

Final Tree Planting took place  22 & 29 November 2021 (Madelayne Court and Ratheane Care Homes

The Rotary Club of Coleraine is committed to Environmental Projects and especially those that benefit our local communities.

Our project was to plant a tree in the garden of our local Care Homes – in memory of any residents or staff who have passed away due to Covid and also to thank all the staff for all their work throughout the Covid pandemic.

All the trees were carefully selected after liaising with each individual Care Home as to their specific needs relating to the choice of location, shape of the tree and any other individual requirements.

The trees were paid for by a Rotary Grant applied for by The Rotary Club of Coleraine and each tree was planted by the Rotary Club members. Each memorial plague placed with every tree was kindly donated by Hugh Wade & Son Funeral Directors and each Rotary insignia was donated by Steve Gill of DPCNC Solutions.

Cottage Nursing Home:

‘In memory of the residents in our care who lost their lives during the Covid 19 pandemic and in honour of our staff who stayed grounded and kept going throughout’

Brookmount Nursing Home:

‘In thanks to all staff who worked throughout the Covid pandemic’

The Rotary Club of Coleraine members:

Graeme Strachan – Rotary President

Terry Waide

Ray Robinson

Karen Sloan

Loretto Blackwood

Cliodhna Rae

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Tree Planting during pandemic

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3 Nov 2021


3 November 2021 - Binod visit to  Limavady


Big Welcome from Coleraine, Limavady and Londonderry Rotary Clubs to Binod and his family on their visit to Northern Ireland and dined the the Moonlight Indian Restaurant in Limavady.

Coleraine, Londonderry & Limavady Rotary Clubs, working alongside the Rotary Club of Narayangarth & the N.G.O. “Wine to Water” (, are transforming the lives of 124 households in the village of Amarauli, Nepal. Phase 1 of the project is underway and this has been financed by cash input from our Clubs & massive financial support from The Rotary Foundation!

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Wine to Water in Limavady

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3 June 2021



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Over the last 18 months the Rotary Club of Coleraine provided significant financial support to the following:


- Air Ambulance Norther Ireland

- Community Rescue Service

- The Salvation Army

- St Vincent de Paul

- Oasis - Caring in Action

- Causeway Foodbank


We would like very much to continue to support local Charities and Good Causes but our fundraising has been curtailed by Covid-19. We are now organising a LOTTERY as a Covid safe fundraising effort and we are asking for help from the public. Our lottery tickets cost £20 each for entry into 12 monthly draws, first draw in July 2021. Each monthly prize will be a minimum of £70.


If you would like to help support our Local charities and Good Causes by buying a lottery ticket please contact:


Karen: 077 38 11 11 30 or Terry: 079 25 80 81 16 or

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31 December 2020

Northern Ireland

1 JANAURY 2021 - Happy 2021 to EVERYONE

Thursday 31 December 2020 - Total Raised    £13,000


Rotary Fundraiser - amazing TOTAL raised is now £13,000 (including Gift Aid) for AANI on JustGiving and the Spin Club Challenge collection - enormous thanks to all those who so generously gave to this worthwhile cause. Overwhelmed by your generosity.



Today AANI had to rescue a man who collapsed in the Mourne Mountains -

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2020 Technology Tournament

March 03, 2020

Tuesday  3rd March saw the 4th Rotary Technology Tournament get under way at Loreto College. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coleraine teams from Loreto, Coleraine College, Dominican College and Coleraine Grammar took part. 15 teams in all entered.

In teams of four the students had to build an advertising billboard with a flashing light.  The light had to flash at a particular frequency depending on the ages of the competitors. 

The students took to the task with great enthusiasm and produced some great  creative results over the day.

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