LIMERICK county councillor, Pat Fitzgerald, joined a host of personalities and heavy hitters from the world of business when he attended this year’s Irish Post gala dinner and awards in London.
The business awards which took place at the Dorchester Hotel was organised to pay tribute to the success of the Irish business community in London.
“The whole idea is to establish and cultivate links and attract business to their native place,” explained Cllr Fitzgerald who believes he was the only Limerick person in attendance at the awards.
He was invited to attend the function by the Irish Post - a newspaper for the Irish community in Britain.
“I have been very involved with the Irish communities in London, Birmingham and the US for over 30 years,” said the Croom-based councillor.
“I have established direct links and I’m very much involved with the hosting of websites for communities abroad - they are linked with the Croom News website.”
The black-tie event brought together key speakers and personalities from the world of business and some famous faces from Ireland and Britain.
Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes was MC for the event, which was attended by award-winning fashion designer Paul Costelloe and author Jeffrey Archer.
Other high-profile guests included Ireland rugby legend Peter Stringer, star of Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, Michael Flatley, and Niall O’Dowd, founder of the New York-based Irish Voice newspaper.
“With the City of Culture next year, it is a great opportunity to promote our county and city,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.
“I spoke with Niall O’Dowd. He is very easy to communicate with. He would be well up on Limerick. Michael Flatley spoke and mingled with guests. He is involved in the City of Culture. It isn’t today or yesterday that we set the ball rolling.”