Fingal-based businessman Luke Moriarty (right), is congratulated by Guy Thompson, president, Fingal Dublin Chamber and Brian Drain, sponsor, Dublin Airport

LOCAL SuperValu retailer and hotelier Luke Moriarty has won the coveted JC Savage Fingal Business Person of the Year award for 2017.

The award category was created to honour an outstanding business professional in the Fingal region, whose business activity brings significant benefit to employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

The award was presented at the Fingal Dublin Business Excellence and Corporate Responsibility Awards, hosted by Marty Whelan, on Friday evening last, November 10.

Originally from Kerry, Luke Moriarty is managing director of a family retail and hospitality business he founded 30 years ago, in 1987. The group now comprises three SuperValu supermarkets and two 4-star hotels, employing more than 650 people in north and west Dublin.

Accepting the prestigious award, Moriarty said it was particularly welcome as the family business celebrated its 30-year anniversary this year: “The Moriarty Group is a team effort and everything achieved over the past 30 years has been thanks to a dedicated team of people around me, who share my vision of service and standards that go above and beyond at all times.”

Guests at the awards ceremony heard how this year’s Fingal Business Person of the Year has, in 30 years of trading through various downturns, built up a significant business which employs hundreds locally, supports local suppliers and service providers, and makes a major contribution to the communities in which the businesses are based.

The Moriarty Group has contributed well over €5m to community and sporting groups since its foundation.

Through SuperValu, the business has contributed massively to Tidy Towns in the Fingal area for 30 years, with many local sports clubs also benefitting, including Skerries Harps GAA, O’Dwyers GAA and Man-O-War in Balbriggan, as well as Balbriggan RFC and Skerries RFC.

Moriarty also served as president of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and 2016.

Yvonne Moriarty, sales and marketing director in the Moriarty Group, said that her father is genuinely motivated by making things better for people.

She said: “He never fails to do his best for everyone, whether it is the people shopping in Moriarty’s SuperValu, or staying in the hotels, the local communities, his family, or the hundreds of people who work in the Moriarty Group.

“Dad takes an active interest in people’s lives and will always provide encouragement and practical support.”