LIMERICK’S JP McManus has been awarded The Princess Grace Humanitarian Award in recognition of his efforts to address the needs of the most vulnerable in Ireland and for his investment in education.
His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II, made the presentation at a glittering black-tie gala dinner in the Hotel de Paris in Monaco on Saturday night.
The Princess Grace Humanitarian Award is the only one of its kind dedicated to the memory of the late princess. His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II, is patron of the Ireland Fund of Monaco, and has presented this prestigious award since its inception.
Mr McManus has donated more than €50 million of his personal wealth to various charitable organisations over the last 10 years.
During his presentation of the award, HSH Prince Albert said that in creating the Humanitarian Award in the name of Princess Grace, the Ireland Fund of Monaco “not only perpetuates the memory of my mother, it also pays tribute to her Irish ancestry of which she was so proud”.
“Throughout her life, my mother cared deeply about the needy and the underprivileged. This award is a reminder of her profound concern for others. Tonight, I am delighted to present this award to a great Irish philanthropist who, again like my mother, is dedicated to helping children,” Prince Albert said.
The various scholarship awards that Mr McManus has set up and supported, Prince Albert said, have benefited many young people.
“His commitment to investing in Ireland’s youth is an example of his generosity of spirit and concern for our future generations.”
He also expressed his deep gratitude to Michael Fitzgerald, President of the Ireland Fund of Monaco, for his efforts and dedication to promoting Irish art, culture and humanity and continuing the legacy of this award.
The Ireland Fund of Monaco, part of a worldwide philanthropic organisation, was established in 1998 in the Principality.
The Ireland Funds comprise of a leading network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programmes of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development.
Founded in 1976, with operations in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds have to date raised over $430 million for over 1,200 non-profit organisations.