Corkman is top Kerry person
A Corkman has been named Kerry Person of the Year at a special ceremony in Dublin.
For the first time in its 37-year history, the Kerry Association in Dublin presented the award to a figure born outside the Kingdom.
Brian McCarthy, founder of Killorglin-based financial services company FEXCO, was praised for his "entrepreneurial vision", having grown employment in his business to 2,300 - of whom 1,200 are employed in Ireland.
The award is presented to people making a significant contribution to their locality and to Kerry as a whole.
The ceremony, called 'Oíche Chiarraí', was held in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
Independent News and Media Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae said: "I think all of us in Kerry are really proud of the success at FEXCO.
"It started off from small roots but it's grown into a huge organisation, a major financial company which brings much-needed employment to mid Kerry and has put Killorglin on the financial services map," he said.