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JP McManus Pro-Am Organising Committee named Limerick Persons of the Year for 2022

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Limerick person of the year 2022 award was accepted by JP McManus on behalf of the group, also pictured from left Pat Hartigan, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley, Director of Southern, David O’Hora, Committee Member Andrew Bermingham, Managing Editor of Limerick Leader, Áine Fitzgerald, Deputy Chief Executive at Limerick City and County Council, Sean Coughlan. Pic. Brian Arthur

JP McManus previously won Limerick Person of the Year in 2010

The JP McManus Pro-Am Organising Committee have been named Limerick Persons of the Year for 2022 with JP McManus accepting the award on behalf of all those “unsung heroes”

JP McManus with the Limerick Persons of the Year Award 2022 which was awarded to the JP McManus Pro-Am Organising Committee Pic. Brian Arthur

The JP McManus Pro Am Organising Committee have been named Limerick Persons of the Year for 2022.

This is the 22nd year of the awards that were set up to honour the achievements and success of local people at home and abroad.

The JP McManus Pro-Am featuring some of the world’s top golfers and a host of celebrities raised millions of euro for charitable causes.


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Around 80,000 spectators attended the two days of golf at Adare Manor providing a huge economic boost for the region.

The pro-am committee were honoured for their successful organisation of the event which shone an international spotlight on Limerick ahead of the Ryder Cup in 2027 at Adare Manor.

JP McManus and his wife Noreen were in attendance at the award ceremony at Limerick’s Clayton Hotel.

Accepting the award, JP McManus said, “It’s hard to describe just how much this award means to us. It wouldn’t have been achieved without the outstanding work of our committee, the volunteers who gave tirelessly over many months, or years to make sure that the event went as smoothly as possible. These things aren’t possible without the help and co-operation and the goodwill of all the people in the midwest and Limerick.”

Mr McManus described all the nominees as worthy winners and said he was accepting the award on behalf of all those “unsung heroes” who “go about their work every day to ensure we are a better society.”

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Francis Foley said, “The JP McManus Pro Am was a great success and not just for Adare but for the entire region. It created an amazing buzz all across Limerick with people excited about the prospect of catching a glimpse or even rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s top golfers or A-list celebrities. There was a huge volunteer effort involved who all helped to make this world-class event run smoothly. The organisers are worthy recipients of this accolade. I want to also congratulate all the other Person of the Month winners from last year for the fantastic contributions they are making to life in Limerick.”

“Pride and passion are two words that are synonymous with Limerick and each of the 12 monthly winners of these awards embody that great spirit of Limerick perfectly,” she said, adding, “None of their individual endeavours have been easily achieved but through determination, resilience, passion and a genuine love for what they do they have reached great heights. Each and every one of them is a true role model for our younger generation and Limerick is lucky to call them our own.” 

David O’Hora, Director of Southern noted Limerick Person of the Year is not a competition people enter, and that the awards “in some way recognise the amazing achievements and unique stories that people continue to write which add so much to this place that we all live in and are so proud of….Limerick.”

Darren Harding, General Manager, Clayton Hotel Limerick said, “It is wonderful to see such passionate, dedicated and resilient people gathered in one room on one day. Each of the nominees set an example to us all of what it is to shine in their communities and we are very lucky to spend time with them and see them shine on awards day”  

Philanthropist JP McManus was previously individually named Limerick Person of the Year for 2010. Other past winners include: Dr Catherine Motherway; Olympian Roisin Upton; philanthropist JP McManus; Limerick’s All-Ireland winning senior hurling team; world champion boxer Andy Lee; rugby star Paul O’Connell; Tidy Towns champion Helen O’Donnell and anti-bullying campaigner Luke Culhane and Paudcast Podcaster Padraig O’Callaghan.

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