Richard is a presenter, producer, publicist, community activist and actor. Richard’s parents owned the well-known Limerick singsong house Eric’s for 42 years. He graduated from LIT with a marketing degree in 1991. He moved to New York where he lived for 15 years working with the likes of Cosmopolitan Magazine; Central Talent Booking, an agency that booked stars for a variety of shows including the David Letterman Show; and as store concierge for retailing giant Barneys. Richard attended the William Esper Conservatory in NY where he graduated from their prestigious acting program in 2006. Richard has been producing photo shoots and large-scale events such as Limerick Pride 2008 for over a decade. He writes a weekly column in the Limerick Chronicle since 2010.
He won an award at the Metro Éireann Media & Multicultural Awards 2011 for promoting multi-culturalism online and was named the Limerick Person of the Year in 2011.
In 2012 he starred as one of the Ugly Sisters alongside Myles Breen, Richie Hayes, Twink, Leanne Moore and Dustin the Turkey in the panto ‘Cinderella’ at the University Concert Hall Limerick and made a return to panto with for the production of the hugely successful panto ‘Aladdin’ in 2013 playing the bumbling Chinese Policeman, in 2014 playing alongside Keith Duffy in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and again in the 2015 production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. In 2016 he played Monty in ‘Beauty & the Beast’ and in 2017 he returned again for his sixth consecutive year alongside Samantha Mumba and his good friend Myles Breen to be an Ugly Sister all over again for a new version of ‘Cinderella’. In 2018 he starred as the Magic Mirror alongside Katherine Lynch as the Evil Queen in ‘Snow White”.
Richard founded I Love Limerick in 2008 and 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. “Our tagline is two plus two equals seven. There is strength in numbers. There are a lot of levels to what we do. We work closely with the Limerick Youth Service, Doras Luimni, St Munchin’s Community Centre and the Cliona’s Foundation to name a few. We are very connected to them and educate them on social networking and publicity. I provide mentoring and have helped countless businesses’, community organisations and individuals get a presence in the press and online. Creative consultation, social media, publicity, and marketing all are a huge part of what we do. We want to highlight a huge number of communities and people. All these communities need to be given a voice. We want all these amazing people from Limerick to feel like a star. We are giving Limerick people a platform to express themselves.”
You can view some examples of his work below: