Growing up in Methodist manses, mostly in Northern Ireland, Des was appointed to Cork to complete ministerial training in 1972. He and Valerie married two years later. They have two sons, Darren and Trevor. After ordination, he spent five years’ ministry (and trout fishing!) in West Cork, before moving to the multi-denominational churches in Limerick and Shannon where he and the congregations were enriched by ex-pats from several places and many Christian backgrounds. During the twelve years following 1986, at the Dublin Central Mission, Des participated in projects to extend DCM’s ministry for older people, which established the new care centres at Ailt an Óir and Mount Tabor. His involvement with the Methodist Newsletter began with his appointment as Home Mission secretary in 1998. Since retiring in 2014 he and Valerie have lived in Dun Laoghaire where, in addition to some preaching, he has learned to garden, a bit; paint, a bit less; and suffer the frustration of issue being a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur!