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Limerick Person of the Year 2011 – Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick, which is dedicated to portraying Limerick city in a positive light, has been named the Limerick Person of the Year 2011.

Richard was revealed as the winner by Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan who was guest of honour at a gala awards dinner in the Clarion Hotel.

On accepting his award, he told the attendees – which were made up predominately of Limerick people including last year’s winner JP McManus – that “amazing things are due to come out of Limerick and we must own our destiny and stick together.”

“I Love Limerick.com is really about all the volunteers, the photographers, the editors – everyone that works so hard to showcase the fabulous work that takes place here and I really can’t believe that I’m Limerick Person of the Year!,” smiled Richard before paying tribute to his parents Florence and Eric Lynch.

Richard was nominated alongside 11 other outstanding Limerick people including Mark Quinn, the youngest Irish person to climb Mount Everest and fundraiser Tina O’Gorman.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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