Noonan highlights growth opportunities for Mid-West

Noonan highlights growth opportunities for Mid-West


Mary Shire UL VP Research (also MC’d the event), Neasa O’Donnell UL Executive Sports Manager, UL President Don Barry, Minister For Finance Michael Noonan, Pat McDonagh Owner of Só Hotels and Supermacs, Deirdre Murphy UL GAA Development Officer, John Lenihan UL GAA Club President

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD outlined specific growth opportunities for Limerick and the wider region at a University of Limerick GAA breakfast briefing this week.

Speaking at the event entitled ‘Limerick and its future’, Minister Noonan discussed the changing economic environment faced by the city, the country and much of Europe.

He spoke about economic growth in the wider Irish and European context, growth opportunities in Limerick and the climate of cooperation both politically and among business leaders in the city. Minister Noonan also commended UL for adapting to the needs of new technology companies by providing industry-facing courses.

UL President Don Barry, Minister For Finance Michael Noonan, Pat McDonagh Owner of Só Hotels and Supermacs.

Event sponsor, Pat McDonagh, owner of Supermacs restaurant group and So Hotel group announced plans for the expansion of the Castletroy Park Hotel. He also detailed the qualities needed to successfully grow an indigenous business and paid tribute to the UL GAA Club for the event. “We have a long-standing relationship with the GAA Club in the University of Limerick and wish them every success as the teams take to the field throughout the year,” he said.

GAA Development Officer Deirdre Murphy acknowledged all those involved in organising the event as well as those who attended and supported the breakfast briefing. Ms Murphy said this support “is vital in helping us cater properly for the players who put so much effort into representing the college while balancing both academic and other sporting demands”.

UL GAA Club Members: Ciaran McElhinney, Eimear Scally, Maria Curley, Anna Galvin, Lisa Crowley and Colin McNamara with Minister Noonan and Pat McDonagh

On the field it has been a very successful week for the UL GAA club. The Brian Lohan managed Fitzgibbon Cup hurlers began their campaign with a win over CIT, the Sigerson Cup footballers had one point to spare over NUI Maynooth while their camogie outfit who are the reigning Ashbourne Cup champions got the defence of their title off to a winning start beating UCD.