Sunday 21 January 2018

Mystery of the other Noonan, SFA's chairman

There are two important Noonans in Irish business life.

You all know Michael but what is the first name of the Small Firms Association's AJ Noonan, who hosts the SFA's annual conference in Dublin's Clyde Court hotel today?

AJ, as he inevitably calls himself in press releases, Facebook and LinkedIn, wants to spotlight SME success despite the "horrendous impact" in the years since 2008.

The Punt agrees, of course, but knows that many of you sitting at the conference will be distracted by a simple question; What does AJ stand for? Why does old AJ go to such lengths to hide his name?

Is is Anthony John, perhaps? Or could the A stand for something really horrible like Adolf? Unlikely, but we all know parents who are nice but insist upon giving their children dreadful names.

The Punt is proud to be able to confirm to you exclusively what AJ's real name is; Aeneas Joseph Noonan. That's Aeneas, the mythical hero of Troy and Rome, son of the goddess Aphrodite and Anchises.

There. It's not so bad, and now you will be able to listen to old AJ without wondering too much.

Irish Independent

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