Person of the Year

Noel McPartland named as Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year for 2020

News Reporter


News Reporter

Noel McPartland named as Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year for 2020

Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year 2020, Noel McPartland and his wife Margaret

Well known Drumshanbo businessman and community leader, Noel McPartland, has been named as the Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year for 2020.

The editor of the Leitrim Guardian, Dr Bláithín Gallagher made the announcement this week on behalf of the committee.

Formerly an export manager at Lairds, home of Bo Peep Jam, Noel is one of the people behind the very successful Food Hub whose tenants include The Shed Distillery with its world renowned Gunpowder Gin, McNiffe’s Boxty, Sean McGloin’s Cheese Hub, Chef in a Box, Bo Peep Preserves (run by Noel himself), and the Community Kitchen, with more coming on stream.

Plans are also currently well underway for opening of The Shed Visitor Centre.

For the past 15 years the Food Hub has consumed Noel's life.

A former football player, Noel has a life-long interest in the GAA. He became the first secretary of the Drumshanbo Park Committee and is rightly very proud of the club’s Shane McGettigan Park.

Over the years he has also helped the late Joe Mooney with the popular An Tostal Festival.

Always a hoarder of snippets and photos, Noel set up Glimpses of the Past in the Year of the Gathering - 2013 - and has a magnificent display of memorabilia from Drumshanbo, Arigna and other parts of Leitrim, upstairs in the local Credit Union Office.

Noel is married to Margaret Cullen from Geevagh for over 53 years and they have four children and six grandchildren.

This award recognises Noel's outstanding contribution to his community and to Co Leitrim.

Responding to the news of his award, Noel said: “I am very proud of the honour being bestowed on me. I regard it as a tribute to the whole community of Drumshanbo, more so than a personal accolade.”

The Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year Award will be presented to Noel at the launch of the Leitrim Guardian 2020, the 52nd issue of this unique publication.

The launch will take place on November 24, in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Tickets will be on sale via Ann Murray 086 8966973 Hubert McMorrow 087 6771375, Mary Curran 0862324885, and from Tommy Moran 0868588031.

Closing date for submissions

The call for material for the 2020 issue is still open until October 12. All types of submissions are very welcome: historical, literary, current affairs of topical interest, short stories and poetry.

Please keep submission short, if possible 500 to 750 words, and in particular the editor is on the look out for short snippets of no more than 250 to 300 words.

Submissions must be sent by email as attachments in Microsoft Word or an equivalent format, to
The title, Leitrim Guardian 2020 submission, must be included in the subject of the email to prevent it being lost in a myriad of other mail and please indicate word count.

Contact details including name and address and phone number should be included in the email.

Attention all young writers!

Don't forget the Leitrim Guardian 2020 young writers free writing competition, accepting prose and poetry, is still open to all students in primary and second level education.

Entry is only by email and all submissions must be typed and presented in word format or equivalent. Please make sure you meet the submission criteria.

The maximum word count for all entries to this competition is 750 words of prose or 30 lines of poetry.

The winning entry from both categories (primary and post-primary) will be published in the journal.

Winners will receive a literary award certificate as well as a small prize.

Please submit work to by email as an attachment in Microsoft word format using Times Roman 12pt font.

Leitrim Guardian Young Writers Competition Primary or post-primary (whichever is applicable) must be written in the subject line of the email.

The closing date for this competition is October 17.

Entries must include ALL of the following details on your email: name, date of birth; school; class; and contact details on the email as well as the title of your entry and the number of words.

It is also important to include a phone number. Do not include your name or contact details on the attached piece of work, just the title. Entries are welcome from near and far!

For further information about the Leitrim Guardian or details on the submission of your work, feel free to contact the editor by email on