THE sterling work Peter Hogan has done for Limerick has been recognised as a bust has been unveiled in his honour.
The Savannah-based businessman and lawyer has always called Limerick his home - and to mark this, he agreed that a bust he commissioned should be located in the Bishop’s Palace.
Mr Hogan - who bought the lands for the Hogan Park sports fields in Southill - came back to his home town to see the bust unveiled at a special ceremony hosted by the Limerick Civic Trust.
The piece has been created by award-winning sculptor Jim Connolly.
And only a road divides its pride of place at the Limerick Civic Trust from the statue of his distant relative The Bard of Thomond Michael Hogan which stands proudly beside King John’s Castle.
A constitutional law attorney, Mr Hogan agreed to have the bust he commissioned stay in Limerick at the request of Independent councillor John Gilligan.
He hopes this will rekindle interest in the Bard of Thomond - whose most celebrated poem is ‘Drunken Thady and the Bishop’s Lady.
He praised the “trojan work” Peter Hogan had done with the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, UL and the Irish Peace Institute: “Limerick has benefited from the Hogan family more than many would know. It is something for which we are deeply indebted,” he said.
Cllr Gilligan also noted the financial role the Mary Street native played in the creation of the statue of the Bard of Thomond.
“But we first became aware of him with the magnificent donation he made for Hogan Park in Southill. It has delivered a huge vote of confidence to the area, particularly the youth,” he added.
In response, Mr Hogan joked: “It gives me a great pleasure to have this opportunity to look at myself in the mirror! But I never realised how ugly I was!”
He added when he passes away, he wants “a limousine to pass through my area so I can say goodbye.”
War veteran Mr Hogan also worked as a law professor and a trucker among other jobs.