The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace

Martin Cowley
Martin Cowley

Within the past year I was invited to become a member of the Dun Laoghaire Rotary Club. This is in spite the fact that I am now retired 15 years. My one regret is that I did not join Rotary 30 years ago, in the heyday of my career, writes Martin Cowley.

The purpose of this article is to make the readers aware of what Rotary is all about.

With about 1.4 million members worldwide in 35,000 clubs in 200 countries we use our talents and energy to improve the lives of people at home and globally.

Religion and politics are not involved, and it is highly ethical. Rotary, while helping local communities, also promotes a sustainable environment.

The ideal of service is complementary to each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people is paramount.

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and helps build a better world.

As an example, Dun Laoghaire Rotary engages in fund raising for various charities (for example a Cycle Event in the Dun Laoghaire area), engages in environment projects and promotes extra curricula activities in local schools.

Rotary has provided me with a new lease of life including an opportunity to raise funds for charities which are not focussed on any one cause. Apart from that, it has made me more aware of the environment and has given me an opportunity to be part of a worldwide body promoting very important causes. As a bye product, it has given me a new social outlet, working with a lovely group of like-minded individuals. For younger professionals, it complements their professional work. It is recognised that time is a crucial factor for younger members particularly those with family commitments. Be assured that there is no obligation to attend the weekly meeting.

The Rotary Club of Dun Laoghaire is a typical club. We meet on Thursdays at 6pm for a light working dinner at the National Yacht Club where we work and laugh together to change lives. We address a range of local and international projects and raise funds for charities plus environment and education projects.

Joining Rotary is an ideal platform for those working in the health service as a pro bono activity. Furthermore, it will enhance your social contacts with persons in business and with others working in different professions.

For further information contact Martin Cowley, email address

Martin Cowley FCA is a former Chief Executive of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin and former president of the HMI.