Clare company director shortlisted for business award

Clare company director shortlisted for business award


A company director from Co Clare has been shortlisted in the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Louis Keating, Managing Director of Kilmihil based L&M Keating has been shortlisted for the prestigious award of Irish Industry Entrepreneur of the Year.

Now in their 20th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards celebrates Ireland’s top business people.

Louis Keating started his company in March 1987 with just 3 staff and it’s fitting this nomination comes in the year that L&M Keating celebrates their 30th birthday.

Louis Keating graduated from Trinity College in 1981 with 1st class honours. In 2010 he was accepted as a Fellow of Engineers Ireland.

Before starting the company he worked at home and abroad for a large multinational civil engineering company on prestigious projects such as Expo ’92, Mountjoy Prison, Shannon aircraft engine rebuilding facility and the Ireland/UK Gas Interconnector Pipeline.

In 1987 he set up L & M Keating Ltd. near its current headquarters in Kilmihil, Co. Clare. Through a flair for cutting edge engineering, Louis has steered the company toward technically challenging projects particularly in the civil, marine and dredging sectors.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.