CITY man Richard Lynch is celebrating today, after his ILoveLimerick.com web site scooped a prestigious award recognising multi-culturalism.
Richard, who is a columnist for our sister newspaper, the Limerick Chronicle, won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Award.
Although he could not make the ceremony last Monday in Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre, Richard said he was “thrilled and over the moon” when he received the call to say he had taken an award.
He said the win is “for all the work we have done with Doras Luimni, and the other cultures we have represented online in Limerick.”
In honour of the work he has done with the immigrant support charity, Richard is now a patron of Doras Luimni. And this Friday lunchtime, he will be honoured with a special reception at the charity’s headquarters in O’Connell Avenue.
Speaking of the award, Richard added: “We are being recognised for something meaningful. It is nice to be acknowledged on behalf of the friends I have made from different cultures. These people live on €19 a week, and can suffer a lot of grief. But everyone deserves to be treated like a human being.”
Over the last year, ILoveLimerick.com has covered a number of events celebrating Limerick’s cosmopolitan status, including Africa Day and St Patrick’s Day.
“Different cultures have brought different feeling to the city. They bring new art, music, and food, and improve our city for the better,” Richard said.
He added he was “extremely proud” to be recognised, “because I think Irish people were at one point the greatest immigrants in the world. Now, we have other people coming into our country, and we need to accept them in the same way we were treated when we went abroad.”