Community based organisations and schools across County Tipperary that assist children and young people to reach their full potential were presented with €445,000 in funding from the ‘Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary’.
The event took place at Hayes Hotel, Thurles, with Tipperary Star Editor, Anne O’Grady hosting the evening who began with an impressive account of the life of Tipperary native, successful entrepreneur and philanthropists, Tony Ryan, who was born in Limerick Junction and spent his formative years in Thurles.
Hurling greats, Nicky English and Tipperary Captain, Paul Curran presented the successful applicants whose award winning programmes address the needs of children and young people in Tipperary, with their grant cheques to a packed room of grantees and supporters.
Needing no introduction, speaking at the ceremony former Tipperary Manager, Nicky English, gave an insight into the importance of the fund for the people of Tipperary and Tony Ryan himself:
“I knew Tony well in my capacity as manager of the Tipperary team and I know that these programmes would really appeal to him. Having read through all the applications and in a time in the country when things aren’t great, it’s impressive to say that these groups have got together on the ground to say this is what we can do and this is what we need to do it and Tony would have really admired that can do spirit.”
Speaking at the event, Tina Roche, CEO of The Community Foundation for Ireland, paying homage to Tony Ryan’s legacy and the standard of winning applications said:
“Tony Ryan loved Tipperary and was active and innovative in his approach to supporting his native county.
The Community Foundation for Ireland is so excited to help facilitate these grants and congratulates the Tony Ryan Trust for making this great investment in the children and young people of County Tipperary and the winning grantees whose high standard of applications are so committed to addressing their needs.”