THE sterling work done by Richard Lynch in promoting Limerick has been recognised with a mayoral reception in his honour.
More than 150 people were at City Hall, for the event.
Limerickâ€™s Person of the Year in 2012, and a columnist to our sister newspaper the Limerick Chronicle, he has worked tirelessly to promote Limerick through ilovelimerick.com.
Richard said the reception was dedicated to the team behind I Love Limerick, who work voluntarily to highlight the stories of individuals and charities, raising awareness.
Richard was joined by representatives from all strands of society in the city, including fashion agent Celia Holman-Lee, Munster legend David Wallace, as well as the current Limerick Person of the Year, businesswoman Helen Oâ€™Donnell.
Catherine Kelly from the Limerick Youth Service, community activist Linda Ledger and members of the Active Retirement Group also joined in the fun.
Mayor Gerry McLoughlin said it was an honour to recognise Richard.
â€œHe is an example to all of us. I donâ€™t know anyone else in this city who goes out of their way to publicise and highlight the number of groups who go about helping people in difficulty. We have some fantastic organisations, and getting the message out there to everyone, so everyone can avail of the services is very important. I think Richard Lynch does that better than anybody at enormous cost to himself,â€ he said, jokingly adding that the council would have to pay hundreds of thousands of euros for this kind of service.
Richard said: â€œI want to focus on all the charities, community groups and organisations which are in this room today. This is why we are here - we want to film them, photograph them, and give them a chance to shine. This is what Ilovelimerick is all about - bringing communities together.â€
In a bid to make Ilovelimerick more sustainable in future, those who have benefitted from the web site were asked to record testimonials.
It is hoped this will lead to private investment in the site to take it to the next level.