WELL-KNOWN Fingal businessman Luke Moriarty, who runs the Moriarty Group which comprises of hotels, supermarkets, and property interests, has been named Kerry Person of the Year for 2013.
The enterprising Kerryman, who employs over 500 in three Dublin SuperValu supermarkets, as well as in Balbriggan's Bracken Court Hotel and the Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip, was praised by the selection committee for his approach to business which is based on promoting Irish suppliers and contractors, developing staff and mentoring careers, and playing a significant hands-on role in local communities.
The announcement was made at a reception in the Royal College of Physicians by the Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin, Maura Hughes. The award will be presented to Luke Moriarty at the Association's Oíche Ciarraí 61st Annual Dinner at the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge on March 1st. During her tribute to Luke Moriarty, the Cathaoirleach, Maura Hughes said: ' This award is being presented in recognition of the community projects that Luke Moriarty has been involved in over the years. Not only has Luke given freely of his time to a wide range of causes, he is an incredibly successful Kerry businessperson with integrity. A man with a strong work ethic, Luke has created wealth and shared wealth, the old fashioned way, by working hard and being considerate of those around him.'
Accepting the nomination, Luke Moriarty said he greatly appreciated being selected as Kerry Person of the Year for 2013, and considered it a great honour for his family. ' There is great satisfaction in running a family business, and the secret to success is having a fantastic team around you. Similarly, being part of a community, it is only natural to get involved and do what we can.
' The more you put in to something, the greater the return in many ways, not least the sense of satisfaction is seeing a project come together, he said. A native of Killorglin and one of 11 children, Luke Moriarty served as Chairman of the Kerry Association in Dublin from 1998 to 2002.
He moved to Dublin in 1976 to work with Dunnes Stores, and thirty five years later controls a large family company operating award-winning businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors. Luke Moriarty is a major supporter of the SuperValu TidyTowns initiative, which he encourages through his network of SuperValu stores. He has also established extensive sponsorships with local sports clubs. He funded and assisted with the development of a community centre in Palmerstown, and was instrumental in the rejuvenation of Balbriggan town having worked closely with Fingal County Council to redevelop the Town Square in 2005.