Thursday 8 December 2016

Event promoting Limerick as prime location comes to capital

Barry Duggan

Published 08/11/2016 | 11:00

Capital Limerick, a group of Limerick people based in Dublin and working in business and the professions, will host a sell-out lunch in the Marker Hotel on Friday week.
Capital Limerick, a group of Limerick people based in Dublin and working in business and the professions, will host a sell-out lunch in the Marker Hotel on Friday week.

Capital Limerick, a group of Limerick people based in Dublin and working in business and the professions, will host a sell-out lunch in the Marker Hotel on Friday week.

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The lunch on November 18 will begin at 12 noon and guests will hear an opening address from Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O'Donovan.

It will be followed by a panel discussion with John Moran, former head of the Department of Finance and current director of the European Investment Bank, and Trish Long, vice-president and general manager of the Walt Disney Company.

The group's aim is to promote and enhance Limerick's profile and reputation as one of the state's prime economic and socio-cultural hubs, and as a centre of excellence in leadership in all fields including business, sports, politics, and culture.

Limerick native and Riverdance composer Bill Whelan is fully behind the unique initiative.

"As a proud Limerick person, I think Capital Limerick is an excellent idea and I am delighted to support it.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan Picture: Tom Burke
Minister Patrick O’Donovan Picture: Tom Burke

“Capital Limerick will provide a really invaluable forum for those of us based in Dublin, who want to give back to Limerick, which personally has given a lot to me.

“In the words of the great Munster anthem it will always be “my native land/And my home, my home is there.

“I would encourage all Limerick people based in Dublin to get involved and see what we can do to promote Limerick in the Capital.

“I have no doubt that Capital Limerick will be a resounding success – when Limerick people go about our business then nothing can stop us,” Mr Whelan said.

The lunch, which is already sold out, will be attended by some of Ireland and Limerick's current and past leaders in all fields including Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group plc, former Tanaiste Mary Harney and well known business man and publican Charlie Chawke.

The lunch comes during a sustained and unprecedented period of jobs announcements in the Mid-West region and one of the main organisers, Clair Hayes says the group wants to "build on the momentum now underway around Limerick and do what we can to promote Limerick's profile in the Capital".

All proceeds from the inaugural Capital Limerick lunch, and subsequent activities, will be invested in community and charitable programmes in Limerick.

Capital Limerick is supported by the county's most prominent and successful natives as well as a number of companies and organisations such as Matheson, BDO, STL Logistics, Club Limerick (Dublin), LIT Foundation, Cushman & Wakefield Sherry Fitzgerald and Pallas Foods.

For more information on next week’s event visit: www.capitallimerick.com

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