July 1st. starts the Lions year throughout the world. From the International President and Board to clubs in every corner of the world, the new team takes up office.
Lions Frank O'Donoghue, a member of Dublin Lions Club will be our leader for 2018-2019.
He was sworn in as District Governor at our Associations International Convention in Las Vegas on July 3rd.
Frank O’Donoghue was first introduced to Lions in 1975 while working in the UK, joining the Ellesmere
Port Lions club and transferred to Dublin Lions Club on his return to Ireland. Frank has served in every club officer position with Dublin Lions including three occasions as Club President, most recently in 2015-2016 when Dublin Lions celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its Charter.
Frank has served on cabinet for 10 years, initially to promote the Alcohol Awareness Programme and more recently as Zone and Region Chair. Frank is married to Elaine, who is from Liverpool and they have a son and three daughters and to date 3 grandchildren. Two of their children and a son- in –law have become Lions and Frank is now working on his grandchildren as future Leos.As is the case with many people, Frank has changed his career path over the years.
His first plan in going to University College, Dublin was to become a secondary teacher with a BA. He studied Economics and Geography including Urban Geography which in turn introduced him to Town Planning, which he then studied in the UK with Post Graduate Degree in Town Planning in Leeds.
A side benefit of studying in Leeds was an introduction to the great Leeds United Team –where John Giles was in his prime. Frank worked for a number of Local Authorities in the UK, including Cheshire county Council, where he met and married Elaine –who introduced him to Liverpool FC.
Frank returned to Ireland in 1977 to work in the Irish public Service, including as the first Planning Officer of Dublin Port. In 1983 he completed the MBA at UCD and took the opportunity to move into Management Consulting. His work as a Consultant was particularly focused on the Food Sector, Retail Sector and Logistics and involved extensive international travel up to the present day, though winding down in the last 2 years.