Local Heroes Limerick

At the first Local Heroes meeting were Nigel Dugdale, John Loftus, Jerry Flannery and Noel Toolan, (Front), Mark Quinn, Aonghus McAnally, John McNamara, Tony Frawley and Padraic Kierans. (Back) Pic: Sean Curtin Press 22.

Limerick Local Heroes is a community driven, not for profit initiative that aims to energise Limerick people from all walks of life to create new and sustainable jobs for the people of Limerick. In excess of 400 people from all walks of Limerick life attended the first ‘Limerick Local Heroes’ public meeting at the Strand Hotel in January, at which a wide range of exciting ideas and visions for the city’s future were shared. The event was moderated by RTE’s Aonghus McAnally and kicked off with a number of local speakers including Mark Quinn, the youngest Irish person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest, telling the attendees what Limerick means to them personally, before the floor was opened to the public.

This was followed by a very successful ideas summit in Thomond Park this past Monday, where the attendees were broken into smaller groups to each have the opportunity to develop further the ideas discussed at the initial meeting and also bring new and exciting ideas to the table.

The next step of the campaign is to create a Local Heroes Hub which will open to the public in the coming weeks. Michael Tiernan of Tiernan Properties, has offered the use of a first floor unit in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre. This unit will act as the focal point of the initiative. It will allow the general public who wish to get involved to sign up to help, give ideas and help get the buzz back in Limerick business and culture.

Tony Frawley, spokesperson for the Limerick Local Heroes Steering Group, explained, “The support for the initiative so far has been enormous and goes to show that Limerick’s battling and entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Now is the time to capitalise on the momentum and drive forward with actionable, practical ideas from all walks of life including business, community, culture, trade, retail, tourism and sport to benefit our great city.”

For more information visit www.limericklocalheroes.com.

Local Heroes Limerick

At the first Local Heroes meeting were (Front) Nigel Dugdale, John Loftus, Jerry Flannery and Noel Toolan. (Back) Mark Quinn, Aonghus McAnally, John McNamara, Tony Frawley and Padraic Kierans. Photo by Sean Curtin Press 22.

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