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Pat Desmond, Cork Lions Club President

Wednesday, 19th September, 2018 4:44pm

Name and position: Pat Desmond, Cork Lions Club President

Age: 56

Lives: Douglas

Family: I am the eldest of four - two brothers and one sister, and of course my mother

Pets: Alas, none

Favourite thing about Cork: It’s near the sea.

Least favourite thing about Cork: Evening traffic.

One thing you would like to change about Cork: I would definitely prefer a warmer climate.

When you were small what did you want to be when you grew up?

I was a big fan of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ growing up, so I was convinced that I would be a cowboy. That or Captain of the Starship Enterprise!

Tell us about your career progression to date?

Keeping it in the context of Cork Lions Club, I’ve always seen my time with the Cork Lions Club as a way of giving back to the community. My father was involved his whole life and as a result so were we, helping at events the club ran. I became a member myself 15 years ago and have been an active member since then. I was club treasurer a number of years ago and I was very honoured last year to be approached to become president, which I have been since July this year.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

As a result of the club being so active it has lent itself to also providing great friends and very enjoyable social activities for us as members.

What motivates you?

While Cork Lions Club is a fun and enjoyable club to be part of, the most rewarding aspect is seeing first-hand the good the club does for those that need it most in our local community. The Club is completely voluntary and the members are so energetic and enthusiastic you can’t but be motivated to stay involved.

All of our fundraising and work goes directly in to such projects as the Trabolgan Holiday Project, the Christmas Appeal Project, the City Centre AED/Defibrillator Project. These are our main big projects but there are many others, such as youth football and the Lord Mayor’s Heritage Concert in City Hall.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

I’d tell him to make sure he savours his time in school with his friends. I would have also told him to study more; it matters later on.

If you weren’t in the job you have what would you be?

I’ve always loved the sea so the idea of working for the Navy or the Merchant Navy appeals to me as an alternative career.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to date?

Becoming president of the Cork Lions Club.

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

Without doubt my family. I wouldn’t be where I am without their support.

What is the life dream now?

I really love being part of the Cork Lions Club and being able to help people less fortunate than myself. I don’t see this changing any time soon, however I do hope to travel more over the coming years.

How do you switch off?

I love going to GAA matches on a very regular basis, and I’m a member of Nemo Rangers.  Alternatively,I love going for a walk in Crosshaven near Camden/Fort Meagher. From there you can view the liners entering and leaving the harbour - it’s a wonderful sight.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

I loved Cork winning the All-Ireland Hurling in 2004 and 2005, however my favourite Cork memory is 1990 when Cork won the double in hurling and football.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Barleycove Beach, West Cork. One of the most beautiful places in the world.

Do you have favourite quote or motto?

‘Bi ullamh! Be prepared.’ This is one from my days as a scout and scout leader. It’s simple but a good one to live your life by.

When are you at your happiest?

The adventure of holidays is one of the things I enjoy most in life.

Any regrets?

I wish I had done some things differently but I have no regrets, life is too short.

What is your hidden talent?

I not sure about this, but I am still looking for it!!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

That although I am President of Cork Lions Club, I normally like to stay in the background!!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I would really just like to compliment the members of Cork Lions Club past and present, and would highly recommend the Cork Lions Club as a way of meeting new people and helping some of the most vulnerable in our society. We love to see new people getting involved with the club at all times. This is how to keep the club relevant and active. We meet in the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm. 

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