FIANNA Fail deputy Willie O'Dea has congratulated the newly named Limerick Person of the Year, JP McManus, on receiving his award.
"JP McManus is a truly worthy recipient of this prestigious award. His continued support of local communities and causes is a true example of outstanding citizenship.
"I would like to personally congratulate him as I'm sure would the many people who have benefited from his generosity over the years," said the party's new spokesperson on communications, energy and natural resources.
Although Mr McManus was unable to attend the event, he sent a video message from Pebble Beach, where he was playing in the AT&T Pro-Am golf event with Ireland's Padraig Harrington.
"It means so much to Noreen and my family that I have been selected as Limerick Person of the Year," he said. "I am very grateful to the many people who made our Pro-Am happen during the year.
"I would also like to acknowledge the great work done by the carers of the less fortunate in our society, also to the hundreds of volunteers who worked many hours to ensure the event went smoothly," said Mr McManus.