A Kenmare business man has been named Kerry Person of the Year 2016.
Brendan Riney MBE, an East London based civil engineering contractor, will receive one of the most prestigious Irish community awards in the United Kingdom.
The South Kerry native was selected by the Kerry Association London’s Person of the Year sub-committee in recognition of charitable work undertaken in the London area.
Brendan Riney is the Managing Director of J B Riney & Co Ltd, a renowned civil engineering contractor which has become one of London’s leading and most respected construction companies.
In October 2012, Mr Riney was presented with the Member of the most excellent order of the British Empire award from Prince Charles to honour his work setting up Mudchute City Farm, in Pier Street on the Isle of Dogs.
He left his native Kenmare at the age of 13, travelling to London in 1947.
Mr Riney will be joined by his wife Anne, his daughters and son at the Annual Kerry Association Dinner & Dance on the 21st of October to accept his award.
He said to be named Kerry Person of the Year was a tremendous honour and that he was very proud of his Kenmare roots.