By Frances Fitzgerald
New initiative, Capital Limerick, was recently founded to promote and enhance Limerick city as one of the nation’s primary cultural, economic and strategic hubs.
The group, made up of a number of high profile Limerick locals now based in Dublin, are backing this campaign and encouraging Limerick companies and business people to bring it to the attention of family members and colleagues now living in Dublin.
Clair Hayes, Capital Limerick organiser and associate solicitor in law firm Matheson, boasts about Limerick’s pride of place in Irish economy and culture:
“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 and best of all, we have a unique pride in who we are, where we’re from and what we can achieve.
“Limerick’s greatest era is to come. 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”, Clair said.
The initiative’s inaugural lunch will be held at the Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Dublin, on November 18th with Limerick native and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan as the key speaker.
All proceeds raised at the lunch and subsequent fundraising activities will be invested in a number of community and charitable programmes throughout Limerick, with governance structures in place to ensure transparency.
Members of Capital Limerick include; Barry Duggan (journalist), Seamus Hennessy (of the STL Group), Patricia Ryan (advisor to Government Minister), Paul Stapleton (general manager of Electric Ireland), Brian Geoghegan (former IBEC senior executive) and Stephen O’Byrnes (PR consultant with MKC Communications).
“Our pride and commitment to Limerick is the common denominator which unites us all and we are going to get Capital Limerick off to the best possible start on November 18 next”, said Clair Hayes.
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