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Laois man scoops big job with British and Irish Lions ahead of 2021 Tour

Shane Whelan and Thelma O'Driscoll

The British & Irish Lions have announced two key appointments to its executive team – and a Laois man is one of them. Shane Whelan has been named as Director of Digital, Marketing & Communications. A past pupil of Scoil Mhuire in Abbeyleix and Heywood, Shane studied Broadcasting in Dun Laoighaire and had jobs in…


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.