Denis Glennon
Association President Liam Caldwell presenting this year's Longford Person of the Year Award to Denis Glennon

The Longford association in Dublin is delighted to announce that the accolade 'Longford Person of the Year 2018' goes to Denis Glennon, first lay Principal of St. Mel’s College, Longford.

Denis Glennon lives in his native Longford town with his wife, Olive, and they have three grown up children, Dominic, Paul and Anna, a daughter –in-law Annette and “two precious grandchildren Shay and Fiadh”. To say the least, Denis is multi-faceted to such an extent it is dizzying to even contemplate – he’s been a respected secondary teacher in St Mel’s college, his Alma Mater, and was its first lay principal; he is now retired from that role. He also taught and volunteered in Nigeria; he was a local and active councillor for many years; is an author, only last year launched an extensive history of St Mel’s college and his local volunteering must absorb his every waking moment!

Denis is a founder member of Backstage Theatre and has even disported himself as an actor! He is currently serving on 6 voluntary committees, chairing three of them: Backstage Theatre Management Committtee, Disabled People of Longford Voluntary Housing Board (DPOLVHA), Scoil Mhuire Clondra Board of Management as well as being an active member of the other three. In the early days he was a member of Multiple Sclerosis Longford Branch and assisted at his 40th church gate collection only last year. Always focused on the best for Longford, he’s been a member of the Court House Action group to save the iconic Longford Court House.

Words by Liam Caldwell

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