Ken Rue was born in Dublin in 1954 and brought up in Crumlin and Terenure. He was educated in Wesley College where he was voted voted best all-round pupil and received seven honours in his Leaving Certificate. At Wesley Ken played rugby, tennis, cricket and chess and was awarded a provincial schools rugby trial. After school he played hockey and badminton with Dublin YMCA.
Ken received a 2.1 Honours Degree in Business Studies from Trinity College in 1975 and trained as a Chartered Accountant. He was admitted to membership of the Institute in 1979 having previously become an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in 1978. He married Lesley Coady in Christ Church Cathedral in 1981 and they have a son, Richard, who was born in 1987.
Ken worked as an audit manager with Ernst and Young (1978-1982). He joined the industrial holding company, DCC, in 1982 and worked there as Finance Director and Company Secretary until 1992. He represented DCC as a non-executive Director on the boards of two publicly quoted companies. He left to become Managing Director of Fodhla Printing (1992-2007).
Ken felt a call to train for Ordination in the Church of Ireland and resigned his position with Fodhla to allow time for study. He was appointed as part-time Accounts Manager with Messenger Publications in 2008 and also as Financial Controller of the Pioneer Association in 2009. Recently he took over the financial management of the Quarterly Review “Studies”.
Ken has served on the Boards of three charities. He is involved in assisting projects in Shyogwe Diocese, Rwanda, including raising €128,000 for a water project there. He became a Canon of Shyogwe Cathedral in 2007. Ken was Ordained a Deacon in 2010 and a Priest in 2011. He is currently the Priest-in-charge of Wicklow & Killiskey parish. He chairs the Diocesan Council for Mission and compiles the Church of Ireland’s yearly lectionary.