‘Secret Millionaire’ visit to Limerick city to screen next week

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

THREE city-based organisations are to benefit from a surprise visit by a secret millionaire as part of an RTE Two programme which is to air next Monday at 9.35pm.

THREE city-based organisations are to benefit from a surprise visit by a secret millionaire as part of an RTE Two programme which is to air next Monday at 9.35pm.

Businessman Richard Mulcahy (pictured) leaves the luxuries of his life in County Wicklow behind to go undercover in Limerick city to get a feel for what it is like for people striving to improve their lives in the face of constant adversity.

Living on a limited budget with no modern conveniences, Richard forges his own way in the Limerick community working and volunteering alongside people in three local organisations - Our Lady Of Lourdes Community Centre, the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen Patrick Sarsfield Branch, and the NOVAS Initiative Street Outreach.

“I have to say I was impressed with Limerick in general. Things have changed significantly since my time,” he said.

For 10 days, Richard lived in a flat near the Milk Market. On his final day, he came clean and revealed his true identity in each organisation, surprising them with gifts of thousands of euro.

The businessman decided to give something back to Limerick after studying engineering in the NIHE (now known as the University of Limerick) in the 1970s. He is currently executive chairman of a mobile software start-up SmartBuilder Software Ltd.