Leixlip hotel owner named Kerry Person of the Year

LEIXLIP businessman, Luke Moriarty, owner of the Courtyard Hotel has been named Kerry Person of the Year for 2013.

LEIXLIP businessman, Luke Moriarty, owner of the Courtyard Hotel has been named Kerry Person of the Year for 2013.

His group employs over 500 people in three Dublin SuperValu supermarkets, as well as in Balbriggan’s Bracken Court Hotel and the Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip. He was praised by the selection committee for his approach to business which is based on promoting Irish suppliers and contractors, developing staff and mentoring careers, and playing a significant hands-on role in local communities.

The announWcement was made at a reception in the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin, last night, (Monday) by the Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin, Maura Hughes. Previous recipients of the award, now in its 34th year, have included Mick O’Connell, Dick Spring, Mick Galwey, Tadgh O’Donoghue, and the late Páidí Ó Sé.

The award will be presented to Mr. Moriarty at the Association’s Oíche Ciarraí 61st Annual Dinner at the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge on Friday 1st March.

A native of Killorglin and one of eleven children, Mr. Moriarty served as Chairman of the Kerry Association in Dublin from 1998 to 2002. He moved to Dublin in 1976 to work with Dunnes Stores, and now runs the Moriarty Group.

Among other things Mr. Moriarty funded and assisted with the development of a community centre in Palmerstown.

He set up the Courtyard Hotel in Leixlip and has stood for Fianna Fail in a General Election in Dublin.

Paying tribute to Mr. Moriarty, the Cathaoirleach, Maura Hughes said, “This award is being presented in recognition of the community projects that Luke Moriarty has been involved in over the years. Not only has Luke given freely of his time to a wide range of causes, he is an incredibly successful Kerry businessperson with integrity. A man with a strong work ethic, Luke has created wealth and shared wealth, the old fashioned way, by working hard and being considerate of those around him.”

Mr. Moriarty said he greatly appreciated being selected as Kerry Person of the Year for 2013, and considered it a great honour for his family.

“There is great satisfaction in running a family business, and the secret to success is having a fantastic team around you. Similarly, being part of a community, it is only natural to get involved and do what we can. The more you put in to something, the greater the return in many ways, not least the sense of satisfaction is seeing a project come together,” he said.

- Henry Bauress