A Westport man has been elected as District Governor of Lions Clubs International in Ireland.

Des Ryan succeeds Bernard Black of Antrim Coast Lions Club and will lead 2,150 Lions who are members of 103 Clubs in District 133 of the word-wide organisation.

Born in Dublin, Des is grandson of the late Terry O’Sullivan, journalist and diarist and is a nephew of the writer and broadcaster Nuala O’Faolain.

He moved to Westport with his parents in 1980 and started working in the structural steel industry prior to establishing his own company in 2004.

Des initially joined Lions Clubs International through Leos, its youth organisation and was the founding president of Westport Leo Club.

He went on to become the youngest member of Westport Lions Club, later serving as secretary and club president.

He headed the North West Zone of Lions Clubs before his election as Vice District Governor.

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