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The Councillors of the Cappamore/Kilmallock municipal district are to present the highest honour they can on JP McManus.
A local reception, proposed by Cllr Bill O’Donnell, was seconded by Cllr Gerald Mitchell with the agreement of all of their colleagues.
It was confirmed that the council chamber at Áras Mainchín Seoige in Kilmallock would be named the JP McManus meeting room, and that an accompanying plaque would be put in place and revealed on the day of the reception. He will also be presented with a scroll of honour on the day. The date has yet to be finalised but it is expected to be in early March.
Mr O’Donnell, chair of the municipal district, said “it was in recognition of Mr McManus’ outstanding contribution to the people of the Cappamore-Kilmallock municipal district.”
He said “it is the first time they have given permanent recognition to somebody since the district was formed.”
Mr O’Donnell said Mr McManus is “one of our own”.
“The family is living in the area. His contribution over a long number of years has been enormous. Through Martinstown Stud he has given significant employment. He has always shown a great interest in local affairs,” said Mr O’Donnell.
The Bruff native said the JP McManus Benevolent Fund has contributed to and supported many charities, community groups and projects in the locality.
“I would be very aware of the contribution he has made to charitable organisations and, in particular, St Joseph’s Foundation. My family are involved in St Joseph’s.
“I think his contribution to St Joseph’s is particularly recognised by the people of the area. His daughter Sue Ann Foley heads up the benevolent fund and is carrying on his good works,” said Mr O’Donnell.
The reception will take place just a short few weeks before the JP McManus-supported Team Limerick Clean-up on Good Friday, March 25.
”This is just another example. TLC has been a very significant development in our county and I look forward to this year’s event. I have no doubt it will be as successful as last year’s,” said Mr O’Donnell.
The county councillor stated they are “absolutely delighted” that JP McManus has confirmed and agreed to accept the honour.
”Mr McManus has been recognised throughout the world and, indeed, by our own city and county council so it is only fitting that we recognise him at a local level,” he concluded.
JP McManus is set to be the only man to have a council room named after himself and a council hall named after his famed and beloved horse Istabraq.
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