Recently Paul Monks took over as President of Cashel Lions Club. Outgoing President, Seamus J. King, handed over the chain of office to Paul at a most enjoyable function, held in Feehan’s. The event was attended by Lions members and their partners, together with visiting Lions from Dursley Lions, the English club twinned with Cashel.
Paul has lived in Cashel since 2007 and during that time has made a big impact on community life in the town. A native of Dublin he left the capital city because he was bored with the place. The reason for choosing Cashel was because a daughter, Louise, is married in the town. Paul is married to Peggy and they have four children, Louise, Siobhan, who lives in Gran Canaria, Tony, who resides in Galway and Michael in Dublin.
Paul and Peggy have enjoyed every moment since coming to live in the town and haven’t regretted a single day since arriving here.
The main reason they have been so contented here is because of their involvement in the community. Since arriving they have got involved in the Tidy Towns committee and this immediately created a circle of friends. Paul has involved himself in public relations for the group and in fund-raising with Pat Flynn. He has also involved himself very much in the implementation of the committee’s three-year plan.
Paul is a singer and used to be involved with the St. Pius X Choir in Templeogue. It was only natural that he should gravitate towards the St. John the Baptist parish choir when he arrived and this led him on to the Tipperary Singers. These moves have widened still more their circle of friends in the town.
Paul joined the Cashel Lions Club in 2009. This happened by chance. It started off with him helping Paddy Downey with the Lions Christmas dinners and this led directly on to membership of the club. He has taken to the club with enthusiasm and this has led to his rapid rise to the position of President, a great vote of confidence in his commitment and dedication to the club by the members. He has been involved with the club’s twinning arrangements with Dursley.
Other involvements by Paul include the Cashel Arts Fest where he helps out with exhibitions in the Council Chambers and other places. He represents Cashel Tidy Towns on the South Tipperary Voluntary Forum. He has represented Cashel and Ireland at the European Rural Communes meeting at Desborough, England.
Paul retired in 2007 after a life involved in business in Dublin, finishing up as a general business consultant. He was born in and brought up in Drumcondra and spent over 40 years living in Templeogue. He also lived in Canada for a year or so in the mid-fifties and also spent some time in Enfield in England.
One of his great hobbies is sailing. In the early 70s a pal of his bought a cabin cruiser in Limerick and brought it up to Dublin via the Shannon and the canal system. Paul got involved with him at the time and has continued the involvement since. His most recent trip was up the coast of Scotland for 10 days in June and July. One practice he and his sailing pals have is to fly to a place like Dubrovnik and lease out a boat for a week for sailing in the area. Since moving to Cashel sailing is not as frequent and has been reduced now to about three times a year.
Allied to sailing is an intense interest in photography. He is very proud of some of the sunset and sunrise shots he took around the Scottish coast on his last trip.
Paul is a member of the Catenians, a group not very well known down the country. They are a Catholic men’s social club and they meet once a month for a meal and wide-ranging discussions. The only curb on matters to be discussed is that they don’t cause upset to any of the members. Founded in 1908 in Manchester it was a Catholic organisation to counteract the influence of Masonry in business.
Another great interest is family history. Monks is an unusual names and they’re not that many of them around. They come from a place called Toberhregan in north county Dublin. He had a cousin in France and a nephew in Dublin already involved in the research and recently came across another member of the family – Jim Monks of Nevitt – also in the same general area
A gregarious individual
Paul is a social and gregarious person and life in Cashel suits him very well. He loves meeting people and getting to know them. He is a very thorough and conscientious member of any organisation he joins. He is a good communicator with good IT skills. He is also a very active person with plenty of energy to match his involvements. Among his hobbies are playing chess and playing the piano. He enjoys a sing-song and accompanying people on the piano or keyboard.
Paul is looking forward to his year heading the Lions. His first big task will be organising a bag-back at Morrissey’s Super Valu this week. Members of the club will be packing bags on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Main Street store and they are using it as a very important fund-raising for their activities in the year ahead. Paul is certain of plenty of support from his fellow members in manning the buckets and is looking forward to the generous support of the public of Cashel and District, who have always been forthcoming with their contributions to all fund-raising activities of the Cashel Lions Club.