Last week's meeting of the Kilkenny Lions Club saw the passing of the chain office from the outgoing Maeve O'Flynn to the new President for the next term, Padraig Keegan.
A member of the Lions Club for 12 years, Padraig served as Secretary from 2006 to 2012.
A native of Mayo, he is a former Food Science graduate from UCC and joined Avonmore (now Glanbia) in 1979. He is currenly Supply Chain Director with GII.
Married to proud Offaly woman Mary Gilson they have two, now grown up, children - Kieran and Caroly.
“Outside of family and work I have an interest in all sports, GAA and Rugby in particular (still living in hope for Mayo to win Sam),” said Padraig who is a Kilkenny Rugby Club and Kilkenny Golf Club member.
Ms O'Flynn noted that as well as their usual beneficiairies, the Luons Club extended their reach to Fr. Willie Purcell and Kilkenny Outreach, Cois Nore, Teac Tom, Pieta House and more recently to the Motor Neurone Association.
New projects introduced like Rhyme Rag, run by Kilkenny Arts Office,the Christmas Carol Singing, the golf classic, the January toy and gift appeal and the food demonstration night with the celebrity chef Neven Maguire were all very enjoyable.
She thanked the committee, in particular Club Secretary Philip Tierney and PRO Philip O'Neill and also r Brian Cody, The Newpark Hotel, former Mayor Joe Malone, The Kilkenny People and KCLR.
She also paid tribute to outgoing members Liam O'Carroll and Richie McEvoy.