The most prestigious award honouring “an outstanding contribution to Ireland and the Irish community in Great Britain” this year goes to the Founder and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, Sean Mulryan
The former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Sir Anthony O’Reilly, founder of The Ireland Funds, were also honoured at a glittering 30th anniversary The Ireland Funds Great Britain dinner at One Great George Street, Westminster, on Thursday (Nov 29) evening.
Inaugurated in June 1988, the global philanthropic charity was launched 12 years after Dan Rooney, former US Ambassador to Ireland and fellow Pittsburgh businessman Anthony J.F. O’Reilly, created what was then The Ireland Fund in the USA to promote peace, culture and charity.
With chapters in 12 countries, the Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations. Past honourees include Martin O’Neill, manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, actor Colin Farrell, singer songwriter Imelda May and actress Sharon Horgan.
“The anniversary dinner was an intimate event where we looked back on and celebrated our successes, in the company of our best supporters,” said a spokesman for The Ireland Funds.
“The dinner offered us the opportunity to re-engage and re-energise our donors and supporters and to demonstrate the impact that their generosity has on the Irish community both in Britain and Ireland”, he said.
Sean is renowned for his philanthropic work in both the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about sport and has sponsored his native county - Roscommon in Gaelic Football for decades.
He is also passionate about giving young people every opportunity to get the right start in life through education and has been very active in the communities where Ballymore have developments.