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Sarah Malone, President Rosalie Byrne-Muir,Mayor Of Clare Cllr. PJ Ryan and Tommy Scott, Gardening Section, Clare County Council at a ceremony in the Peace Park, Ennis, where a monument was unveiled, marking a time capsule's location, and an Oak tree was planted to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Soroptimists International.

Centenary of Soroptimists commemorated in Ennis

SOROPTIMIST International have been described as “incredible ambassadors for women and girls in Ennis, Ireland, and around the world,” as a memorial honouring 100 years since the foundation of the organisation was unveiled in Ennis.
Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Councillor PJ Ryan recently unveiled a monument at the Memorial Peace Park in Ennis. Also at the ceremony an Irish oak tree donated by the Tree Council of Ireland to mark the centenary was planted and a time capsule has been buried underneath.
Rosalie Byrne-Muir, President, Ennis and District Soroptimist Club, thanked the Cathaoirleach and Ennis Municipal District for providing the location for the memorial plaque and oak tree.
“Buried beneath the plaque is a time capsule. This was the idea of our member, Sarah Malone. Sarah researched the time capsule, and encouraged members and clubs from all over the country to contribute items. It contains profiles of local and national Soroptimists, historical documents and memorabilia so that the work of our organisation will be remembered long after we are gone. The time capsule is registered to be digitally marked and tracked on a global website so that its location will be found in 2121 – 100 years from now.”
The Ennis and District Soroptimist Club was founded in 1964.
Councillor Ryan said, “I am delighted to unveil the monument in the Memorial Peace Park today in recognition of the important contribution to human rights and gender equality made by Soroptimist International and the Ennis and District Soroptimist Club. The advancement of human rights is fundamental to progress in our society and I commend the organisation for its advocacy work in this county and beyond.
“Soroptimists have been incredible ambassadors for women and girls in Ennis, Ireland, and around the world. I know that they will continue to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women into the future.”
The Soroptimist International Centenary Memorial comprises a granite block marker post provided by sculptor, Michael McTigue, and a plaque that marks the location of a time capsule to be opened in 2121. 
Ennis Municipal District assisted and provided support in identifying the location for the memorial within the Memorial Peace Park, and assisted in the installation of the monument.

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