RICHARD Lynch of ILoveLimerick.com has been appointed a patron of Doras Luimní, the organisation which provides services to all migrants living in the Limerick area.
Mr Lynch has become just the third patron of Doras after founder Ann Scully and composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. The appointment comes on foot of the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural award he received recently for his work with Doras on the internet tv channel.
Doras CEO Karen McHugh said that the organisation had “worked very closely with Richard and we see him as an icon and an inspiration for his work in Limerick”.
“Given the area we work in, it is often an area of difficulty for us to promote what we do, so we want to engage people who actually promote integration, promote positive diversity in Limerick and Richard is one of those people through ILoveLimerick.com,” she explained.
“We felt he would be a very positive influence for the organisation, to attract a bigger profile, and to attract funding,” she added, noting that ILoveLimerick.com and Doras “share an ethos”. “Our vision is many cultures, one home and Limerick is that place,” she said.
Mr Lynch said he was “absolutely delighted” to be made a patron of Doras, who he said were doing “vital work” to help integration in Limerick.
“The reason why I support Doras is that the Irish are the greatest migrants in the world and we are in every country and I would like to see people who come to this country be treated the same way as we have been in other countries,” he explained.
“For me it is a human rights issue, I don’t think anyone should be made suffer, a lot of the people coming here come because of political upheaval in their own countries and have been left with no choice.
“Doras is an organisation that smooths out those rough transitions and makes it easier for people to become integrated. If there wasn’t an organisation like Doras, there would be nobody to help these people,” he added.