I was deeply hononoured that the Mayor of Limerick Gerry McLoughlin hosted an I Love Limerick Mayoral reception in City Hall for I Love Limerick last Thursday to celebrate the contribution www.ILoveLimerick.com has made to enhance a positive image of Limerick locally and nationally by promoting in particular, the inspiring work being done by the wide range of community groups and charities I Love Limerick has interacted with over the years since its inception, along with our promotion of the artistic, sporting and cultural activities happening every week in Limerick. While I may be the public face of I Love Limerick, it is, in fact, a collaborative effort with many contributors working on all aspects of the project, in particular, Seán Wrenn, my partner in I Love Limerick whose work is invaluable to our success. Seán works mainly behind the scenes managing the website, filming and editing all our videos and without his collaboration, I would be lost. Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to work with many talented photographers, presenters, writers and a myriad of others, all of whom contributed to the making of I Love Limerick, Seán and I are extremely grateful to them all. Last Thursday was a wonderful night for both of us and seeing representatives from many of the groups we’ve worked with over the years in attendance on the night was both humbling and exhilarating, we cannot fully express our thanks to all who were present. Attendees included representatives from St.Munchins Community Centre, Friends of the Elderly, Cliona’s Foundation, Doras Luimni, the Limerick Filipino Community, Novas Initiative and well known Limerick faces such as David Wallace, Myles Breen and Celia Holman Lee. In his speech the Mayor, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin was most forthright in expressing the view that it was the volunteer efforts of many of the groups present at the mayoral reception, building from the bottom up rather than from the top down that was the future of the regeneration of Limerick, not only of its image but also in improving the daily lives of its citizens. The evening ended with a singsong as members of Friends of the Elderly sang Limerick You’re a Lady. It was a wonderful end to an amazing day. Thanks to all.