Patrick Lennon Associates has learned with great sadness of the sudden death of Dermot Clancy, a good friend of the consultancy’s founder and a former client.
Dermot, who died at his home in Penn, Buckinghamshire on Tuesday 10th September, was joint Chairman of the Clancy Group, the west London based national construction company.
Born in London into a first generation Irish, immigrant family, Dermot spent his early years in Wembley as his father strove to create a better life for his family, eventually setting up MJ Clancy & Sons Limited in 1958. Dermot was educated at Challoner School, Finchley, and went on to study business studies in which he qualified in 1972.
Dermot met the love of his life, Vicky, at the age of 18, who he would marry in 1974.
After college he joined the family business and quickly worked his way up to being appointed as a Director in 1975. Following their father’s death in 1984, Dermot and his brother Kevin became Joint Managing Directors of the re-named Clancy Group. He remained in this role until he and Kevin became Joint Chairmen in 2012.
With the support of their sister Mary, Dermot and Kevin successfully developed the Group into one of the largest, privately owned construction companies in the United Kingdom with a workforce of 3,000 people.
Away from business Dermot was a member of the Board of Governors of the Beacon Preparatory School in Amersham for 10 years which was a great source of personal pride for him after four of his five children attended the school.
Dermot was a sports fan through and through, and filled his diary full of sporting fixtures including rugby, football, golf, tennis and horse racing. These events were part of the foundation of his famously busy social calendar – enjoying these occasions with family and friends was everything to him.
His other great passion was horse riding – both recreational and fox hunting. Through the latter, at the Bicester, the Quorn and the Cattistock Hunts and at various meets in Ireland, he made life-long friends, and became renowned for his relentless appetite for jumping high fences and enjoying the ‘craic’ in the pub at the end of the day.
Above all, Dermot was a family man. He was devoted to his wife Vicky, and his five children – Danny, Ronan, Kieran, Joanna and Jack. Dermot was never happier than when he was surrounded by his family around the dinner table at his home in Penn, Buckinghamshire. He was a famously generous spirit and welcomed hundreds of people into his home for parties, and at places like Royal Ascot, Twickenham and Wembley.
Dermot was a force of nature and a huge personality – his smile, cheeky disposition and big heartedness will be a loss to the hundreds of lives that he touched. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, fun, family values and friendship.
The consultancy extends its sincere sympathy to Dermot’s wife and their sons, daughter and grandchildren, to the Clancy family and all his colleagues and friends.
Mick Cleary, rugby union correspondent of The Telegraph, was named as “Rugby Union Journalist of the Season” at a ceremony in London Irish headquarters in south-west London yesterday evening (9th September).
Cleary, who has been writing about rugby for the newspaper for 22 years, came top in a nomination and adjudication process that involved the 12 clubs in the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union.
The award citation praised Cleary for “his commitment to the club game”, “the fairness of his reporting” and “his professionalism in dealing with rugby club media staff and with the coaches and players they are responsible for.”
The award, which has been presented annually for the past 15 years, recognises the contribution of rugby union broadcasters and journalists to the development of the game in this country.
BT Sport received a special award for outstanding service to rugby union in a media context for its contribution to the game.
£2,500 award for successful young singer
Irish Heritage is pleased to announce the introduction of a new music bursary for vocal studies valued at £2,500 per annum. The Brackaville Bursary for Vocal Studies as it will be known has been made possible through the generous support of two of the organisation’s Friends.
The new bursary, which complements the organisation’s existing bursaries for performance and composition, is open to first and second generation Irish students attending recognised music conservatoires and colleges in Britain.
The Brackaville Bursary will operate in parallel with the existing bursary for performance and will be awarded to the singer who performs best in the auditions in the Wigmore Hall in London on Thursday 7th November 2019.
In addition to the cash award of £2,500 the recipient will receive a performance opportunity at an Irish Heritage event in London and may be included among those representing the organisation at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in Lismore in 2020.
Announcing the new Bursary, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage said, “For a country of its size Ireland produces an above average number of world class singers and we should nourish that.
“Not only do the current generation of young vocal students face tough competition from their peers from around the world, they also face the financial challenges of realising their dreams. Our new Brackaville Bursary is intended to provide encouragement and practical support to those students pursuing their studies at this country’s leading conservatoires and colleges.
“We are most grateful to two of our generous Friends for providing the funding to launch this valuable new bursary and secure it for three years.”
Irish Heritage wishes to appoint an Artistic Adviser for Britain to complement its Artistic Adviser for Ireland.
Reporting to the organisation’s Chairman, this important, voluntary position plays a crucial part in fulfilling the purpose of Irish Heritage by working with and supporting talented established and emerging Irish classical music performers and composers from the island of Ireland based in Britain.
Among the principle duties of the Advisers are to assist with the development and implementation of an artistic programme in detail for one year and in outline for a further two years that fits within the Irish Heritage event year from 1st September – 31st August.
Anyone interested must be currently involved in a professional capacity in the music industry in Britain.
For further information including a detailed description of the role, please contact the Chairman of Irish Heritage, Patrick Lennon at email@example.com
Irish Heritage would like to hear from performers, especially young, Irish music students studying at the London conservatoires, interested in taking part in a new outreach programme being undertaken during the autumn in collaboration with the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith.
The initial programme will consist of a series of three, hour long afternoon recitals to be delivered in the Centre’s auditorium.
The recitals are aimed at people, especially the elderly, who enjoy music but are unable to attend evening performances.
Performers will be paid a fee. All proceeds from the series will be donated to the ICC’s piano fund.
Anyone interested should contact Irish Heritage at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance, ideally before 31st July.