Kerry Natives In Dublin Urged To Support ‘Prosper Kerry’

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Eamonn Sayers of Prosper Kerry.

‘PROSPER Kerry’, a networking series for Kerry’s diaspora in Dublin, is calling on Kerry people in Dublin to attend its next event in the Guinness Enterprise Centre on Thursday, March 22 at 6.30pm, and support budding entrepreneurs and start-ups in the county.

Each event sees three Kerry-based start-ups showcase their business in addition to a Kerry entrepreneur sharing the secrets of their success.

The next event will introduce Go Yeti, a Tralee based company specialising in transportation solutions, Southern Scientific, an environmental company that provides analytical, monitoring and consulting services and the Freebird Club, an award-winning social and travel club for over 50s.

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The guest speaker is Luke Moriarty. Luke, a native of Killorglin, moved to Dublin in 1976.

Following a number of years earning his stripes in the retail trade he opened his first SuperValu store in Crumlin Village in 1987.

The Moriarty Group, a family-run business, today employs over 650 people across three SuperValu centres in Palmerstown, Balbriggan and Skerries and two hotels, the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan and the Court Yard Hotel, Leixlip as well as various other businesses and property interests.

Awarded the 2017 Fingal Business Person of the Year, Luke will share insights into his life’s work, his passion for Kerry and his advice for budding entrepreneurs.

Prosper Kerry is the brainchild of Derryquay native and Dublin’s award-winning Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) manager, Eamonn Sayers.

In his role leading the ‘world’s top business incubator’ as named recently at the World Incubation Summit in Canada, Eamonn has seen many early-stage companies grow nationally and internationally since he took over the helm of the GEC in 2011.

Supported by a group of Kerry professionals based in Dublin, the mission for Prosper Kerry is to develop a network of support among Kerry’s business diaspora to enhance prosperity in the county through co-operation, knowledge-sharing, creativity, inspiration and a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Speaking ahead of the event, Eamonn Sayers said: “We’re calling on all Kerry people who want to get involved to come along to the event on March 22nd. Our ask is simple. We want Kerry people that want to see their county prosper to come along and find out how they can help. The Kerry diaspora can provide a wealth of advice and mentoring on tackling key start-up challenges including growing the business, investing in the company or connecting the entrepreneur with potential investors. We’re a passionate group of Kerry people who want to do as much as we can for our county. Even though we may not be in our county anymore, our friends, family and home is always Kerry!”

The Prosper Kerry Dublin Working Group.

This is the second event in the Prosper Kerry series, and is part of an overall focus for the GEC on building networks for a number of counties across Ireland.

The first event saw three Kerry start-ups Crua Outdoors, StoryStock and mibeau Interiors showcase their businesses to a room filled with over 100 Kerry diaspora eager to assist them in their growth.

This event led to discussion that will see one of the businesses receiving investment from a Kerry connection in America. The room also heard from legendary Kerry entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, who shared hard-earned lessons on his quantum leap from humble beginnings to growing a hugely successful company, from Kerry.

You can register for Prosper Kerry online at

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