• America awards Ballymore chairman for property and business excellence

    John Mulryan, Sean Mulryan, Bernardine Mulryan, Rachel Mulryan and Rob Mulryan

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America awards Ballymore chairman for property and business excellence

With his lifelong commitment to “design, creativity, energy and quality” Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Group’s chairman and Group Chief Executive, has been honoured with yet another prestigious award for property and business excellence.

Now the Ireland Chamber of Commerce - USA has endowed Mulryan with the coveted ICCUSA Business Achievement Award at its 29th Annual Celtic Ball last week (October 6).

The awards dinner, held at the famous Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York, honours “individuals who have demonstrated a commitment of excellence through business, philanthropy, commerce, education and the arts.” Past Honorees of the ICCUSA Business Achievement Award include Peter Sutherland, Sir Michael Smurfit, Denis O’Brien, JP McManus and Gary McGann.

The accolade comes hot on the heels of Ballymore Group being voted the Overall Winner at the Property Industry Excellence Awards, with the judges declaring” Mulryan consistently displays the very highest level of quality.”

The awards biography reads:

“Mulryan became acutely aware of the potential of the unclaimed, unloved wasteland that was London’s East End, and when that city suffered a serious property crash in the 1990’s, he saw his opportunity and set about acquiring great stretches of land that was prime for regeneration.

“The rest is history. To date Ballymore has created completely new localities in the area, an area no longer a wasteland but perhaps the most sought-after neighbourhood in which to live and work in London. Award winning developments were to come, such as Pan Peninsula and the luxurious New Providence Wharf at Canary Wharf, itself a place which has surpassed the City of London as Europe’s leading financial district.

“Other pioneering developments include Royal Wharf which has regenerated the Royal Docks, the recently launched Goodluck Hope and, of course, City Island, where Sean’s vision of urban life embracing living art has become a stunning reality. City Island is now the home of English National Ballet and London Film School and a thriving community where students, office workers and residents are continually inspired by their cultural surroundings.

“But Ballymore has also become a pathfinder for the renewal of other areas in London. In Nine Elms, work is near completion on the exciting Embassy Gardens, to where the United States Embassy has relocated from their former home in Grosvenor Square. Embassy Gardens will also be home to the inspirational Sky Pool, just another example of the vision of the founder, CEO and Chairman of Ballymore.

“The company remains a family business with three of Sean’s five children actively involved. His son John is Managing Director of the UK operations. Sean still resides in that quiet village of Ballymore Eustace with his wife and co-founder Bernardine. He would like to have more time for his interests in Gaelic Games, Rugby and Horse Racing but he has said that for some time to come he is committed to his guarantee of “design, creativity, energy and quality”.

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