A native of Mountmellick, Pat was educated at the Christian Brothers School Portlaoise and Bolton Street College of Technology where he studied Architecture and Structural Design.
Pat then worked in a number of companies including Patrick Kelly Structural Engineers, Portlaoise; Laois County Council and Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) before starting his own construction company, Garoon Construction Ltd. in 1989. The company deals mainly with industrial and commercial construction and heritage projects.
Pat has always had a keen interest in the community and voluntary sector and was a director of the Laois Enterprise Board (Chairman of it for seven years)and a committee member of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). He currently sits on the board of Laois Partnership and Portlaoise Enterprise Centre.
In his spare time Pat enjoys playing golf, following G.A.A. and is an avid amateur photographer.