Monday 21 January 2019

Luke is the toast of Fingal business world

Local SuperValu retailer and hotelier Luke Moriarty has won the coveted JC Savage Fingal Business Person of the Year Award for 2017.

The award was presented at the Fingal Dublin Business Excellence and Corporate Responsibility Awards, hosted by Marty Whelan.

Originally from Kerry, Luke Moriarty is managing director of a family retail and hospitality business he founded thirty years ago, in 1987.

The group now comprises three SuperValu supermarkets and two 4 star hotels, employing over 650 people in north and west Dublin.

Accepting the prestigious award, Luke Moriarty said it was particularly welcome as the family business celebrated its 30 year anniversary in 2017.

'Moriarty Group is a team effort and everything achieved over the past thirty years has been thanks to a dedicated team of people around me, who share my vision of service and standards that go above and beyond at all times,' the popular local businessman said.

Luke also acknowledged that he was delighted to win a prize named in honour of JC Savage, a man who was legendary in independent grocery retailing and an inspirational businessman.

The award category, which was sponsored by Dublin Airport, was created to honour an outstanding business professional in the Fingal region, whose business activity brings significant benefit to employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

Guests at the awards ceremony heard how this year's Fingal Business Person of the Year has, in 30 years trading through various downturns, built up a significant business which employs hundreds locally, supports local suppliers and service providers, and makes a major contribution to the communities in which the businesses are based.

The Moriarty Group has contributed well over €5m to community and sporting groups since its foundation.

Through SuperValu, the business has contributed massively to Tidy Towns in the Fingal area for twenty years, with many local sports clubs also benefitting, including Skerries Harps GAA, O'Dwyers GAA and Man-O-War in Balbriggan, as well as Balbriggan RFC and Skerries RFC.

A big GAA supporter, Luke Moriarty believes in sport as an important element of communities and essential for young people's development.

Moriarty also served as President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and 2016, in which time he was part of a team working to promote the town and surrounding areas as an ideal location for new and emerging businesses.

Developing the area's tourism offering, planning for the creation of a local agri-food hub, and engaging with the Council on infrastructure and planning, as well as enhanced education, sports and recreation facilities, were projects to which the local businessman contributed.

Yvonne Moriarty, Sales & Marketing Director in the Moriarty Group, said that her father is genuinely motivated by making things better for people.

'Luke never fails to do his best for everyone, whether it is the people shopping in Moriarty's SuperValu, or staying in the hotels, the local communities, his family, or the hundreds of people who work in the Moriarty Group; dad takes an active interest in people's lives and will always provide encouragement and practical support,' Yvonne Moriarty said at the Fingal Dublin Chamber annual business awards.

Fingal Independent