The Kerry Association London have named John Griffin as this year’s London Kerry Person of the Year and will present him with the award at their annual dinner dance in October.
Mr Griffin, whose father hails from Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry, was selected in recognition of his life time achievements and support of the Irish at both home and abroad. He is chair of Irish TV which focuses on producing 50 community based programmes that are broadcast across Europe and the USA.
Mr Griffin believes that the introduction of this powerful Irish television station will improve tourism to Ireland and promote it as a sanctuary for every generation of the Irish Diaspora.
Speaking of his success, John said: “My father would have been so proud. I am delighted and it’s now my time to stand up and support this fantastic organisation.
“I started from nothing. I was in Ireland from the age of one to the age of nine. I went to school in Mayo; I went to school every day with no shoes on. We moved to the UK and I failed my 11 plus.
“When it came to my GCSEs and A-Levels I went to Ireland on holiday and contracted TB. I spent 18 months of my life recovering from that and did not sit a single exam. We had no money growing up and I started my business with one car eventually developing it into a company with 4000 vehicles.”
John maintains a commitment to his Kerry roots, having previously donated a large sum of money to the sports centre in Glenbeigh, as well as land to facilitate an expansion of their grounds for which he was recognised with a plaque at the centre.
Mr Griffin is also a dedicated supporter of Irish culture in the UK and is the main sponsor of the Return to Camden festival which is held at various venues in Camden between October 22-26.
John is an ambassador for instigating the introduction of fibre optic cabling to Ireland, which he believes will feature the country as an IT haven for the likes of Google and Yahoo and in turn supporting the recovery of the Irish economy.
Last year’s winner Shelagh O’Connor of Brosna will present John with his award during the annual dinner dance at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood on October 24.
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