THE Mayor of Limerick has praised the contribution of well-known engineer Michael Punch to society in Limerick.
Cllr Maria Byrne made her comments at a mayoral reception, which was held at City Hall in honour of the Crecora native who has helped raise millions of euro of local charities for more than 20 years.
Through his company, Michael Punch and Partners, Mr Punch worked on a number of key projects in Limerick and across the country.
The company has also won numerous awards for buildings it designed such as the Limerick County Council headquarters in Dooradoyle, The redeveloped Regional Hospital and the Tailteann development at Mary Immaculate College.
However, it is for his charity and voluntary work that Michael Punch was honoured this Wednesday.
“I know the contribution that Michael has made to society in Limerick over many many years though the various charities that he has been involved with such as the Limerick Youth service centre, Milford Hospice, St Gabriels and Cura to name just a few,” said Mayor Byrne, who added. “His contribution to society in Limerick is to be highly commended. He is one of the unsung heroes really who has done so much for the development of all these charities over many years and he is a role model for other people to follow.”
Seamus Malone, former county engineer at North Tipperary County Council, was one of those who attended this week’s Mayoral reception.
“He is a very competent engineer in the first place and he is a gentleman to boot. He is very good company as well and this honour is well overdue,” he said.
Director of housing at Limerick County Council, Jimmy Feane, said Michael Punch is quintessential Limerick man who puts huge effort into everything he does.
“He is an all-rounder in every respect and everything he ever gets involved in he puts in 150 per cent,” he said.
Friends and family of Michael Punch attended the Mayoral reception as did former colleagues and representatives of the various charities he is involved in.
“I’m delighted and it is great to see so many friends and colleagues here but it is Limerick people who deserve the credit not me. The generosity of Limerick people is fantastic,” said Michael, who added. “I should not be here, there should half a dozen other people who have done an awful lot of the work down through the years.