London’s Kerry Association honours one of its own

Londons Kerry Association honours Liz Shanahan
Liz Shanahan

A businesswoman who advises some of the world’s leading health organisations has been chosen as its Kerry Person of the Year by London’s Kerry Association.

Liz Shanahan, from Castleisland and a member of the family that owns the well-known local Shanahan’s Pharmacy chain, arrived in London in the mid-Eighties on the Slattery’s Bus.

Today she still lives in London with her husband, Tim Lacey, from Tralee. They also have a home in Killorglin.

Liz has chaired the Irish International Business Network (IIBN), and last year she co-chaired Ireland4Europe, which sought to get out the Irish vote around the UK to vote to remain in the EU.

The Irish Times has named Liz as one of its Women of the World and called her a global leader in Healthcare and Lifesciences. She founded her first company, Santé Communications, in 1994 which she eventually sold to the NYSE listed FTI Consulting where she stayed on for a while as Global Head of Healthcare & Lifesciences.

She left to work as a consultant to pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and as an angel investor in new companies.

She supports a number of Kerry charities including Kerry Hospice Foundation, Build4Life, Talbot Grove, St Joseph’s in Killorglin and the Kerry Sports Academy and regularly takes part in the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

Liz said of her award: “I’m incredibly proud of being from Kerry and when Denis Nolan rang me to tell me I’d been chosen as Kerry Person of the Year, I was humbled and honoured.

“One of the first events I ever attended when I arrived in London was the Kerry Association Annual Dinner with my husband, Tim Lacey and his aunt and uncle, Dorothy and James O’Shea, both also proud Kerry people. It’s a wonderful award and I’m genuinely delighted, as are my proud family in Castleisland and my many in-laws and Kerry friends.

“Kerry punches well above its weight in the business world. I come from generations of Kerry business people; my grandfather, father and brother all established their own pharmacy businesses, my aunt, Margaret Geaney, established Crag Caves, so being in business is in the blood. There’s more Kerry entrepreneurs than in any other County, a testament to Kerry’s business spirit, and evidenced by the likes of Kerry Group, DairyMaster and Fexco.

“As John B said, being a Kerry person, in my opinion, is the greatest gift that God can bestow on any person.”

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