LIMERICK City South councillor and businesswoman Maria Byrne is to lead a group study exchange down under.
Cllr Byrne, whose family owns Bobby Byrne’s shop and pub in O’Connell Avenue, is to lead a team of four young professionals on the trip to Brisbane in Australia.
The Irish group study exchange team will be ambassadors for Ireland and Rotary.
Cllr Byrne has been a rotarian for the last 15 years and formerly served as president of the Limerick Shannon Rotary Club, which exists to raise money for good causes.
She has also served at local and district level with Rotary.
In addition to her role as team leader, Cllr Byrne says she will avail of the opportunity to observe at first hand the Australian Local Government system.
The exchange programme is a designed as a cultural and vocational opportunity for young professionals, designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults so that they can better address the needs of their communities on their return.
Participants will follow a programme of travel and team activities; including representing Ireland and Rotary at a series of events hosted for them in Australia.
The group will present on Ireland to Rotary clubs in the Brisbane area and will attend the District Conference.
The trip is to allow participants to study another country and its people through experiences in an organised and meaningful hosted programme.
Team members will stay in the homes of Rotarians, affording them an opportunity to experience Australia’s culture and way of life from within a family environment.
Cllr Byrne travels with Lorina Burke, a qualified secondary school teacher from Dooradoyle, working at the Redemptorists, as well as Galway woman Kirsten Connolly, Sean Paul Henry from Coleraine and Ciara McCann from Cookstown.
Dr Kevin Kelleher, Limerick Shannon Club described Cllr Byrne as an “excellent ambassador” for Limerick.