Leonie Grant, MPSI.
Pharmacist owner of Grant’s Pharmacy, Leonie is the fourth child of original owners Joe and Bernie Grant. Leonie always expressed a huge interest in learning and science from a very early age. After primary school, Leonie attended secondary school in The Loreto Convent, Wexford. Any early academic achievements were coupled with sporting accolades. Leonie was a member of the Irish Sports Acrobatics Gymnastics team for 6 years and travelled abroad to international competitions on a regular basis. Leonie also played hockey to provincial level as well as athletics, golf and cross-country running.
In the year of her Leaving Cert, Leonie suddenly lost her father, Joe Grant after he suffered a fatal heart attack. Saddened but undeterred, Leonie went on to attain the highest Leaving Cert results in Wexford that year and accepted her place in Trinity College, Dublin to study Pharmacy. She was awarded a 4 year book scholarship from Trinity and attained an honours degree. While in her final Pre-Registration Year, Leonie won the Cahill May Roberts Prize for best Pre-Reg Project of her year. Leonie played hockey with the Trinity first X1 Hockey team throughout college and also competed on an international level with the University’s trampolining club. She was awarded with the exclusive Herean accolade for her sporting success in Trinity College, which is a lifetime honour.
Following a training year in Cork, Leonie returned home to St. Aidan’s Shopping Centre, Wexford to gradually take over the family business. From Wexford, Grant’s pharmacy spread its wings to Arklow, Gorey and Enniscorthy. Leonie is now the SuperIntendent Pharmacist and Director of the 4 pharmacies. She currently enjoys running, hockey and her expanding young family. Bernie Grant, her Mum is still an active part of the Grant’s Pharmacy team and the shops look forward to the next generation coming on board.
Laura Armstrong, MPSI
Laura Armstrong is our Supervisory Pharmacist in Grants Arklow. Laura has served the people of Arklow for over 23 years and had headed the team in Grants Arklow since 1999. Laura is caring & considerate pharmacist for whom customer service & patient care are always a priority Laura’s particular interest isin medicine management especially in the elderly. Laura is married to Alan and has 3 daughters and 1 son.
Janet Hegarty MPSI
Janet Hegarty is our Supervisory Pharmacist in Grants Wexford. Janet is a native of Murrintown and studied Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin and also holds a PHD in Pharmaceutics and a Diploma in Statistics. Janet worked in Research with the Elan Corporation for 6 years. Janet has worked in Grants Wexford since 2010 and has a special interest in medication management for the elderly. Janet loves to travel in particular to Donegal which is her Husbands home county.
Glenn Nolan, MPSI
Glenn is a native of Enniscorthy. In 2006 Glenn began his pharmacy studies in the University of East Anglia. Glenn qualified with a masters in Pharmacy in 2011 and his final year thesis was dedicated to cancer research and development of a novel treatment drug. His interest in the area of cancer research continues to grow and he has developed a practical knowledge of caring for patients with cancer since moving back to his hometown.
Glenn opted to undertake his pre-registration (or training) year in hospital pharmacy rather than head straight into working in a community pharmacy environment, the idea behind this decision was to improve his clinical knowledge of serious illness and take this back to the community pharmacy setting. He was accepted into the prestigious University of Cambridge Hospital in 2012, where he completed his training under some of Europe’s most distinguished doctors and pharmacists.
This year Glenn enters his fourth year with Grants Pharmacy and having become the supervising pharmacist in 2015 he sees his long term future building his patient care circle at the Duffry Gate. Glenn firmly believes in value for money and will endeavour to keep customers costs down at every opportunity
On Mental Health Glenn says: ‘Mental health is a subject very close to my heart. Having witnessed the closing of St. Senans psychiatric hospital in recent years I am well aware of the issues felt by the people of Enniscorthy and particularly the growing numbers of people suffering with depression in the town’. I urge anyone feeling down or out of sorts to come in and have a chat with myself and hopefully I can help or at the very least signpost vulnerable people to a suitable professional or agency. Remember this new year ‘its ok not to feel ok’
Outside of work Glenn enjoys keeping fit. He is a member of the Shamrocks hurling team in the Shannon and Slaney Olympic running club. Glenn likes to relax by taking in the outdoors, whether it fishing, hunting, kayaking or helping out on the family farm on his days off. Another great love is travelling which has taken Glenn to some of the more remote areas on the planet, from the amazon jungles of Bolivia to the top of Macchu Picchu mountain in Peru.
Although enjoying his traveling Glenn has a great fondness for his community: ‘I love working in the Duffry, there is a great community spirit in the area and I enjoy talking to people of all ages whether it be giving medical and health advice or listening to yarns and stories of their day’.
Lorna is a native of North Gorey and studied pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin, where she earned a BSc in Pharmacy, during her first year Lorna received an entrance exhibition award from Trinity College. Lorna then completed her masters in pharmacy (MPharm) in the Royal College of Surgeons.
Throughout her time studying Lorna worked with Grant’s Pharmacy part-time in both Gorey and Arklow, she has now recently returned as a pharmacist and is delighted to be part of the team again, working between the four Grant’s shops.
Outside of work, Lorna both coached and competed in gymnastics for many years and is still very involved in strength and fitness activities in her spare time.
Jennifer Wilkinson MPSI
Jennifer is from Carnew Co Wicklow and qualified as a pharmacist in December 2015. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from University College Dublin (UCD) which she completed in 2010, she then returned to college to study pharmacy in The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin (RCSI) .’While Jennifer was studying for her Masters of Pharmacy she had the opportunity to do a training course in Saint John of Gods Hospital Stillorgan Dublin. The course was titled ‘Mental health first aid’. Jennifer has a special interest in mental health and she feels that community pharmacy is the ideal place for patients to access a healthcare professional who can give support and advice and direct them to the correct resources in their area where necessary.
Jennifer teaches Zumba fitness classes and has a black belt in Tae-kwon-do. She also loves to make Jewellery and is very busy getting organised for her wedding this year.