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.