A rising star in the business world, who is a former pupil of St. Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School in Belfast , has weighed in behind the school’s U.S.-focused fundraising campaign which will raise money for a new sports arena.
Danny Moore, who sold his Wombat technology company to the New York Stock Exchange for $200 million in 2008, last week visited the school to express his support for an upcoming fundraiser in New York.
“I am a big fan of the school,” said the Crumlin native who was a pupil at Scoil Mhuire from 1984-1991.
“It had excellent teachers who gave me a good solid education and set me on my way in life,” he said.
After selling Wombat to the NYSE, Moore lived in New York for two years. Back at his alma mater last week for the first time since 1991, Moore met with pupils and school principal Jim Sheerin to pledge support for the New York fundraiser which will be held on Friday, February 25.
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“We’re delighted to have Danny on board,” said Sheerin.
“He is a legendary figure in the Irish business scene and we are tremendously proud of all he has achieved since he left us,” he said.
Coordinated by the Irish Echo and hosted by St. Mary’s alumnus Shaun Kelly, who is now vice-chair of KPMG in the U.S. the Park Avenue fundraiser is aiming to top up the $300,000 appeal for he 3G arena which will cost around $3 million to complete. The bulk of the funds will come from the agency Sport N.I. “3G” refers to the kind of high tech surfacing used in the arena.
When complete, the arena will be high-ceilinged enough to allow hurling training, but it will also be available for other sports played by St.Mary’s students and local sports clubs.
By Ray O’Hanlon