MORE than â‚¬15,000 was raised for two local charities at this yearâ€™s Mayorâ€™s Ball.
More than 400 people attended the gala event which was held at the Strand Hotel, Oâ€™Callaghan Strand at the weekend.
All of the monies raised from the gala event, which was the biggest to date, will be presented to St Gabrielâ€™s School, Dooradoyle and the Lourdes Invalid Fund.
Rugby pundit, and former Munster, Ireland and Lions star, Keith Wood was the guest speaker on the night and the ball was enjoyed by all of those who attended.
Addressing the huge crowd, Mayor Byrne called for more investment in Limerick city and she urged all interested parties to work together for the benefit of Limerick.
â€œWe must continue to make sure Limerick is open for investment and create the right conditions for start-ups and new enterprises.
Although we face difficult challenges both in local government and in our national economic recovery, innovative ideas and creative opportunities for progress often originate during recessionary times.
We must work together to position our city for future growth and ensure that Limerick continues to have a strong and healthy heartbeat,â€ she said.
Mayor Byrne, who received a standing ovation when she entered the function room, said the recent introduction of a new retail incentive scheme is an example of what can be done to encourage new business to set up in the city centre.
â€œI sincerely hope that retailers will avail of these incentives. We have seen some new businesses open recently and this is encouraging,â€ she said.