President of the Glenbeigh Festival can lead to great things:
2019 Festival President David O Sullivan
2018 Festival President Mary Riordan
2017 Festival President Tony Hayes
2016 HONORARY LIFETIME FESTIVAL PRESIDENT John Griffin
2015 Festival President Marjorie Simmonds Gooding
2014 Festival President Jackie O'Connor
2013 Festival President Brendan Sweeny
2012 Festival President Mary McGillicuddy
2011 Festival President Connie 'Ned' O'Sullivan pictured in the winners enclosure with the Festival Queen, along with winning Jockey and owner Ger O'Connor.
The 2010 President is Dan Tim O'Sullivan.
So what lies ahead for the current President, Dolores Sweeney? Mary McAleese, watch out!
Pictured opposite is Dolores Sweeney with previous president Anthony Simonds Gooding.
The 2008/09 President, Anthony (pictured opposite with his family) was born in Dublin, brought up in Dooks near Glenbeigh, son of an English father, known locally as “The Major” and an Irish Mother. Anthony started his career in the Royal Navy and then after six years entered the world of business: Unilever, Whitbread (CEO), Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (Chairman) and BSB, British Satellite Broadcasting (CEO).
He launched the successful Macmillan Nurse Appeal for Macmillan Cancer Relief and is currently Chairman of four companies including the Rose Theatre which led him to painting a wonderfully accurate and life-size portrait of the world-famous theatre director, Sir Peter Hall. This hangs in the Rose Theatre.
Anthony Simonds-Gooding, was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
But Behind every successful man, stands a powerful (and exhausted) woman. His is Marjorie – Enough said!
The 2007/08 President, John Griffin (opposite), starred recently in a BBC Television programme, The Secret Millionaire . In this programme he went undercover in the deprived Westside area of Newcastle in order to help change the lives of people for the better. A self-made business man who owns the biggest Taxi Company in Britain, John utilised his immense knowledge and generosity to help those in need. Hugely admired and respected within the business world, John has built Addison Lee from a single cab to over 2,500 by an uncompromising commitment to customer service and has also recently been tipped as a future Lord Mayor of London.
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