Monday 11 December 2017

Hundreds attend Capital Limerick Launch to promote business confidence

John Moran, former Secretary General of the Department of Finance, Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Trish Long, Vice President and General Manager of Disney, Ireland and Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, incoming President Designate of the University of Limerick at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo:Sean Curtin True Media.
John Moran, former Secretary General of the Department of Finance, Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Trish Long, Vice President and General Manager of Disney, Ireland and Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, incoming President Designate of the University of Limerick at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo:Sean Curtin True Media.

Barry Duggan

The inaugural event for a group of professional business people to promote and advocate their homeplace in Limerick took place today.

Over 250 people attended the Capital Limerick Lunch at the Marker Hotel, Dublin.

Those attending the high-profile lunch heard of the renewed economic vibrancy and business confidence in Limerick.

Founder Clair Hayes, associate solicitor in Matheson, says the group wants to promote and drive the commercial and socio-cultural profile of Limerick and build a networking group for Limerick people based in Dublin.

Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.
Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

“Limerick has it all: superb schools and colleges, world class sports facilities, an international reputation for sport and equine bloodstock, a beautiful rural countryside, unrivalled agriculture and food sector, state-of-the-art technology and communications companies, global connectivity through ports and Shannon Airport, first-class retail sectors spread throughout the city and suburbs, a thriving cultural community and heritage. And - best of all - we have a unique pride in what we are, where we’re from and what we can achieve,” she said.

“Capital Limerick is about mobilising those of us based in Dublin who are united around that aim and seeing how we can help and get involved in the recovery and resurgence that is already visible,” Ms Hayes said.

A panel comprising of Trish Long, Vice President and General Manager of Disney, Ireland; John Moran, former Secretary General of the Department of Finance; and Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, incoming President Designate of the University of Limerick spoke of the future prosperity along Shannonside.

“The purpose of this gathering has already been realised in many ways because of the connections made, the creative energy harnessed and the new potential opportunities opening up for Limerick through the collaboration of everyone involved,” Ms Long said.

“I look forward to seeing this leveraged further to the benefit of Limerick and all its people,” she added.

Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan gave the opening address at the event and said, “This is the first of its kind and an exceptional initiative by Limerick people based in Dublin to harness the goodwill that is there for our homeplace.”

John Moran, former Secretary General of the Department of Finance and Trish Long, Vice President and General Manager of Disney, Ireland at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.
John Moran, former Secretary General of the Department of Finance and Trish Long, Vice President and General Manager of Disney, Ireland at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

“Limerick people have always excelled at being leaders in all sectors - business, finance, political, sporting and commercial – and the cross section of people involved in this is tremendous to see.

“There can be a real tangible benefit to Limerick from this.

“Capital Limerick is about bringing Limerick professionals based in Dublin to network together and promote their homeplace. Today, we can see the emerging potential of what I am sure will be a very influential and successful group. Limerick can only benefit from such a unique endeavour,” Mr O’Donovan said.

Also present was former Justice Minister Des O’Malley publican Charlie Chawke, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority, Liz O’Donnell, CEO of the Shannon Group, Matthew Thomas and CEO of the National Association of General Practitioners, Chris Goodey.

All proceeds raised from the Capital Limerick Lunch go to a charitable cause in Limerick.

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