Dermot O’Grady, who is owner and CEO of the contracting company Ardent Tide Ltd, will be bestowed with the honour in a cermony at the Court of the Commoners, Guild Hall, tomorrow afternoon.
Mr O’Grady grew up in Ballybunion, where his father, Dermot O’Grady senior, was the local bank manager.
At age 16 the family moved to Killorglin, where he now lives with his wife Ruth and three children, commuting weekly to London, where his company is based.
He first moved to London in the late 1980s, having graduated from Trinity College, and later set up Ardent Tide, which services the self-employed in the construction sector.
As well as operating a successful business in the city, Mr O’Grady is well known for helping young Irish emigrants in the British capital, through his involvement with the Kerry Association of London.
The honour of ‘Freedom of the City’ of London is a tradition that dates back more than 800 years, and acknowledges people who make an outstanding contribution to the life of the city.
Mr O’Grady says he’s delighted, as a proud Kerryman, to receive this recognition.