Tom Walton

As Supreme Secretary of the Order of The Knights of Saint Columbanus, Thomas Walton is the Order’s, Chief Executive Officer.

His responsibilities include:

  • The Headquarters of the Order- Ely House and its staff.
  • Recording proceedings of: Supreme Council, Council of Directors, Supreme Executive Committee and Finance meetings.
  • Liaising with external agencies.
  • Member of the Order’s Financial Sub-Committee.
  • Administration.

He joined the Knights of St. Columbanus in 1996 and held the positions of Primary Council Secretary and Advocate for several terms in Primary Council, CK129 Portlaoise. In 2003, he was elected Provincial Secretary, Area 11, a position he held for 15 years. He served with 6 Provincial Grand Knights and played a crucial role in building the Area to be one of the country’s best. He was seen as the link person for seven (7) Primary Councils that stretched from Drogheda to Portlaoise.

In early 2017,  he was nominated by the Supreme Knight to become an additional member of the Supreme Executive. In October 2017, he was elected Supreme Secretary of The Order of The Knights of St Columbanus and was re-elected to that role in November 2020.

A keen sports fan, Thomas comes from a very strong GAA background with both his father, Tom, and Brother, Billy winning All Ireland Senior Hurling medals with Kilkenny. He played hurling in Kilkenny before moving to Co Laois, where he won two County Senior Hurling medals with Portlaoise in 1984 & 1987. A GAA hurling historian, he has contributed to several publications over the past 40 years.

He is a  Leeds United fan for over 50 years and is a regular visitor to Elland Road. He is currently Chairman of the Laois Leeds United members club. Tom is also a keen walker and loves gardening, history, archaeology, and politics.

Thomas is a retired Sergeant of  An Garda Siochana, having served 33 years in the Laois/Offaly Garda Division.

Tom is actively involved in his local Parish and has served as a Eucharistic Minister & Church reader. He has also been involved in many fundraising events for his Parish & St. Vincent de Paul. For the past 20 years, he has visited Lourdes with Assisted Pilgrims, as a Brancardier with his local Parish, The Irish Franciscan Lourdes Group and the Hospitalite Notre Dame De Lourdes.

Thomas lives in Co Laois with his wife, Louise. They have a family of four sons.