Adrian King

As Deputy Supreme Knight of the Order of the Knights of Saint Columbanus, Adrian King is focused on the development of the Order with responsibility for recruitment of new members. Having regard to the Vision and Mission of the Order, Adrian manages continuous change and innovation to ensure an active membership and effective programmes. Adrian promotes the recruitment of new members with unrelenting resolve to meet the challenges of modern society.

A Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a member of FEANI with the title EUR ING, Adrian is a highly-skilled professional and brings his many year’s senior managerial experiences to the role of Deputy Supreme Knight.

Adrian is a long-serving member of the Order, having joined in 1997 and has served his local Council in CK52 Naas as Grand Knight and as Secretary and Treasurer. He has been an active participant in the Order’s Christmas Day Dinner since 1997 and led the organising committee from 2011 to 2017. Adrian is an Accredited Safeguarding Trainer with the NBSCCI and holds the post of Order’s Vetting Officer for the Republic of Ireland and the Order’s Safeguarding National Co-ordinator.

Elected to the Supreme Executive in 2014 as Supreme Registrar, in 2017 as Supreme Chancellor and in 2020 as Deputy Supreme Knight, Adrian has maintained a fraternal Order of Catholic Lay leadership. In promoting the Order’s many activities, Adrian has appeared on live television, namely ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘Morning Ireland’, and has appeared on the television news programmes’ RTE News’ and ‘TV3 News’. He has also been interviewed live on radio programmes including Radio Maria, Newstalk, Spirit FM, RTE 2FM and Today FM.

In working with local and national youth groups and parent councils, Adrian has held the post of National Treasurer with the National Parents Council Primary representing the NPC at Government level. Adrian has held the position of Chairman of his local Pastoral Council and has been part of the Marriage Awareness team running courses for ACCORD. A keen golfer, Adrian served as Honorary Secretary and later as Captain of his local Golf Club. He is also an enthusiastic gardener and member of his local GAA club.

In carrying out his duties for the Order, Adrian is supported by his wife Hilary and their four children Norah, Clare, Paul, and Antonia.