Denis is a Kilkenny man who has lived most of his life in Carlow.
His wife Angela is from Bagenalstown and they have had five children Colin, Denise, Aidan, Emma (RIP) and Teddy.
Denis is actively involved in sport coaching in his local area.
His late father Teddy won a county football final medal with Old Loughlin.
He has been a full time SIPTU Official for more than 20 years representing public and private employees.