Mr Joe Kennedy is to succeed Liam Scollan as chairman of the board of Ireland West Airport Knock, it has been announced. The decision was made at a meeting of the airport’s board on Friday, 12 July.
Joe joined the board in 2002 and was elected chairman that year. He made a very significant contribution to the development of the airport during his first term as chairman of the airport’s board before stepping down in 2009 and a spokesperson for the board said they were delighted to welcome him back for a second term.
The Mayo man is well known businessmen. Setting up his construction business, J Kennedy & Co Ltd, in Manchester in 1959, it expanded into other parts of the UK and from there into the Middle East and parts of America and grew to become a multi-million pound enterprise.
He also had the honour of being bequeathed as a Knight Commander of St Gregory, K.S.G. by His Holiness the Late Pope John Paul II in 1992 and established the Kennedy Charitable Foundation through which he has supported hundreds of causes both in Ireland and the UK. His many projects include education, particularly religious education, emigrant causes and peacemaking in Northern Ireland as well as numerous Irish and community initiatives on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Joe was also given the honour of being awarded the recipient of Mayo Person of the Year Award in 2010. He takes on the role as chairman at an important stage of the airport’s development.