International award winning foreign correspondent and author Fergal Keane (OBE) has been confirmed as guest speaker for the 2015 Limerick Mayor's Ball.
The special correspondent for BBC News will attend the charity event recognised as the key civic and social event on the city’s calendar on Friday, 17th April and is expected to raise thousands of euro for local charities.
The three charities to benefit from this year’s Mayor’s Ball include Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, The Aisling Return to Ireland Project and Pieta House.
Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, said he is delighted to support three very worthwhile causes and is looking forward to an entertaining evening with Fergal Keane.
“I’ve admired Fergal Keane as a journalist for many years throughout his impressive career which started with the Limerick Leader and Chronicle more than 30 years ago and I’ve watched his rise to become one of the BBC’s most recognised names and faces,” he said. “I’m delighted that he is returning to Limerick where it all began and I’m hopeful that the event will be well supported by the public as we seek to raise some much needed funds for three charities that are very close to my heart.”
The three charities are:
TLC4CF (Tipperary, Limerick & Clare for Cystic Fibrosis) which is a regional branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland dedicated to improving services and quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis living in the Mid-West of Ireland.TLC4CF work closely with the CF specialist team at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital Limerick, to give maximum assistance to both parents and children/adults living with Cystic Fibrosis.
Pieta House is a centre in Limerick for the prevention of self-harm or suicide and dealt with nearly 4000 people last year with numbers continuing to rise all the time. 90% of its income comes from fundraising events.
The Aisling Return to Ireland Project provides supported holidays in Ireland for long-term emigrants, fulfilling what is for many a dream of seeing their homeland again. It reaches out to Irish people who are vulnerable, isolated and alone by helping long-term emigrants reconnect with their families and friends and resettle in Ireland.
Individual tickets and tables of ten are now available for the Mayor’s Ball at €120/€1200 per table.
Those wishing to request times should contact Siobhan.Carroll@limerick.ie or 061-407347.