THE Limerick Press Ball will mark its diamond anniversary this year by supporting the St Vincent de Paul in the Mid-West and the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue service.
The event, traditionally a highlight on the city’s social calendar, will take place in the Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel on the evening of Friday, September 28 and will mark the 60th anniversary of the event.
More than 250 personalities from the region’s television, radio and print media will attend the ball, first held in 1952 as an opportunity for journalists to meet on a special social occasion.
Although it faded in the 1970s, it was revived in the 1990s, and the past three Press Balls alone have succeeded in raising over €100,000 for local charities.
Ron Kirwan, chairman of the Press Ball committee, said the event would mark other organisations in the region who are celebrating anniversaries this year, as well as raising money for the nominated charities.
“The Mid-West has always been a busy news area and we plan to celebrate 60 years of the Press Ball locally and also to pay tribute to a number of other institutions, both national and local, who are also celebrating significant historical milestones,” he explained.
“These are to include the ESB, whose operations began in Ardnacrusha 85 years ago this year; RTE, which celebrates its golden anniversary; UL, founded 40 years ago; and Limerick charity Bothar, which began its work in 1991 and comes of age this year,” Mr Kirwan added.
The Mid West Media Merit Award will be presented on the night to a person or group whose positive contribution to life in the region has made for good news stories across all media.
A number of retired journalists will also be honoured on the night.
RTE Mid-Western Correspondent Cathy Halloran and well known radio personalities Joe Nash and Catriona Tierney will MC the ball, which will feature entertainment by the Funk Junkies.
“We also want our night out to be enjoyable for the media in the Mid West and for our friends, to pay tribute to retired colleagues who have made a huge contribution locally and nationally, and we especially want the Press Ball to raise badly-needed funds for local projects,” said Mr Kirwan.
“We can do that again this year thanks to Specsavers and Heineken and the marvellous support we get locally,” he added.
To book tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 086-2265696.