Former Minister and North Kerry TD, Jimmy Deenihan was honoured at an event at Tralee IT last night to mark his contribution to Kerry, national and international politics.
The Chairman of the Governing Body of the Institute, Lionel Alexander said Mr Deenihan had played a pivotal role in the foundation of the college and its development.
Institute President Dr Oliver Murphy referenced the contribution Mr Deenihan had made to sport, politics, cultural and artistic initiatives.
He said these included the restoration of Killarney House and Gardens, the Lartigue Monorail project and a key policy document entitled “Putting Tourism at the Centre of Economic Recovery” as well as his role as Minister for Diaspora Affairs.
Dr Murphy said that Mr Deenihan had been central to many visits to Silicon Valley in the US and in establishing contacts which were key to the development of the ITT and the Technology Park.
He said that Mr Deenihan’s influence and support had been invaluable in developing and growing the Institute to the success it is today.