JP McManus donation will have far-reaching benefits

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A GENEROUS donation by JP McManus will have far reaching benefits for people of all ages across the city, according to management of St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre in Kileely who have been awarded €300,000 by the Limerick philanthropist.

A GENEROUS donation by JP McManus will have far reaching benefits for people of all ages across the city, according to management of St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre in Kileely who have been awarded €300,000 by the Limerick philanthropist.

Scores of men, women and children from the local area turned out for a special celebration day at the centre where they received official confirmation from the manager of the centre, Linda Ledger, that the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am Committee have committed €250,000 towards a new extension at the premises and a further €50,000 towards the upgrading of their community bus.

St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre which is located at Kileely Court, Kileely, was officially opened in 2005.

Since then the centre has offered a wide range of facilities and services to the local community including meals for local schools, a drop-in meal service for the elderly, as well as computer, craft and dance classes.

“It was opened in 2005 and in that period of time we have won the Pride of Place twice. We get very little funding. It’s people like JP McManus who have helped us in many ways. What he has done for the region, nobody can repay him,” explained chairman of the centre, Kieran O’Neill.

Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am Committee who attended the centre for the official announcement said the money was granted because the committee were “so impressed” by the work being done at the centre.

“We grant awards based on value for money, commitment and volunteerism - all those things are here,” he said before thanking all those who supported last year’s Pro-Am which he described as “a showcase for Limerick and Ireland”.