It has been a busy six months in our latest corporate social responsibility endeavours in the community, marketplace and workplace.
Robert Kennedy is the 2019 President of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association (LSBA) and is committed to providing solicitor training in Limerick together with philanthropical LSBA fundraising and donations to various charities in the region.
In other news we supported and sponsored the Insurance Institute Dinner in Adare and sponsored UL Bohs Blackrock for whom our very own Ed Kelly, Solicitor, is Captain. Shane Costelloe took part in the Grant Thornton 5K in Cork. Our team once again helped out with Team Limerick Clean Up 5 (TLC5) on Good Friday. The twice annual Transition Year Programme was again a popular week with students, most recently, this April. We were also pleased to continue with our Leaders at LIT Student Scholarship this year.
Some of our key highlights included:-
2019 Entrepreneurship Summit
We were honoured to be invited to take part in the 2019 Entrepreneurship Summit, a joint initiative between UL Student Entrepreneurship Society and Kemmy Business School. The summit aims to inspire, enable and create the next generation of entrepreneurs. Shane Costelloe, Associate Solicitor in our corporate and commercial department, was part of the panel of experts providing advice on financial supports for student start-ups in the “Investing in Future Entrepreneurs” discussion.
New Frontiers Start-Up Awards 2019
Congratulations to all of the winners of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) New Frontiers Start-Up Awards 2019. HOMS are a proud sponsor of the programme. Well done to Gillian Barry and Mary Casey for their hard work and dedication in delivering the programme.
University of Limerick Scholarship
Final year student, Patrick Carr, was presented with the merit-based Holmes O’Malley Sexton Law Scholarship for his outstanding level of performance to date in his law and accounting degree at University of Limerick. Commenting on the scholarship award, Holmes O’Malley Sexton Managing Partner, Harry Fehily, said,
“Recognising dedication and hard work aligns with the Holmes O’Malley Sexton values. Each year we award a scholarship to a law student at University of Limerick who has performed exceptionally in their studies. Patrick is a very worthy recipient this year and we wish him every success in his final year studies and career in law.”
University of Limerick President’s Gala Dinner
We were honoured to sponsor this year’s Gala Dinner. The Gala was hosted by Professor Des Fitzgerald.
Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing
Following the launch of our VHI Employee Assistance Programme last year, we were pleased to welcome expert John Maguire to deliver engaging and powerful training to our leaders and managers on employee mental health and wellbeing. John is an IACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist who trains managers in critical response skills.
Running for Headway our Charity Partner
Almost 50 of our team ran and walked for Headway Ireland in the 2019 Regeneron Great Limerick Run on Sunday 5th May. Headway provides services and supports to individuals affected by brain injury and their families. We are still collecting sponsorship monies and we will have final figures of the total amount raised soon.
Robert Bourke, Partner, commented,
“Working together as a team is integral to us at Holmes O’Malley Sexton, and the Regeneron Great Limerick Run is also particularly important to us every year as a national, yet Limerick based, event. This year, we wanted to support Headway Ireland for the incredible work they do, and many of us in the office have seen the remarkable work supporting people affected by stroke or brain injury.”
Congratulations go to all of our team, and the Headway team, who took part and helped out on the day. A congratulatory special shout out also goes to Kevin Hegarty who completed his first marathon. We were also pleased to come second in the medium company category in the Fittest Company Challenge.
We have organised various other fundraising events for Headway during the year, including a Bake for Brain Injury Awareness Week coffee morning with sweet treats. We also hosted a Rail-Sale, where pre-loved clothing was donated by staff and sold to raise funds.
Rella Galvin, Headway’s Rehabilitative Services Manager, commented,
“Headway are delighted to have such a large, well established and reputable organisation rooting for us
The funds raised by HOMS will help us to deliver vital therapeutic services to those affected by brain injury, to help them lead their best life. Thank you for making a difference!”
Gender Equality in Business and Leadership Luncheon
More than 50 business leaders in Limerick attended our luncheon marking International Women’s Day. Hosted in our Limerick office, speakers shone a bright light on the benefits of diversity in leadership and gender equality in business and academia.
Speaking about a ‘better balance’ at work, commercial property Partner, Sandra Egan said,
“Bringing together women and men to focus on and discuss gender equality and a better balance is enormously beneficial to every organisation. As a partner in a law firm where more than 50% of our solicitors are female, we know that gender balance is central to the continued success of this firm. It is critical that more agile and smart work practices, for both men and women, are part of the culture of our workplaces to help achieve better balance at all levels within every organisation. We were delighted to host such accomplished speakers as Dr Marie Connolly and Dr Lydia Bracken from University of Limerick.”
University of Limerick’s Head of Equality & Diversity Dr Marie Connolly delivered an insightful presentation about gender equality and achieving balance in the university sectors along with evidence of how greater balance brings benefits to organisations. With UL at the top of the university league tables in terms of the best gender balance in academia positions, Dr Connolly shared her key advice and recommendations on how all organisations can achieve greater gender balance, such as through the use of GEM equality project’s Best Practice Guide, unconscious bias training, metrics and data on an organisation’s balance and the adoption of particular human resources processes and policies to ensure a ‘level playing field’ for men and women.
Dr Lydia Bracken, Assistant Dean Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of AHSS at UL discussed gender equality as a human right and how gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society. Dr Bracken drew from the seven-step framework proposed by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) to give attendees of the #BalanceforBetter event a real overview of gender equality in Ireland today.