FOOTBALL favourite Sir Alex Ferguson made a special visit to Chorlton Irish Club this month to support a book launch by Mayo Manchester businessman Joe Kennedy.
The former Manchester United manager is a friend and neighbour of Mr Kennedy, who revealed his memoir On the Strength of a Ten Bob Note at the popular Irish club last week.
The “rags to riches” story outlines Mr Kennedy’s birth in New York, upbringing in Doocastle, Co. Mayo and move to England to seek his fortune at the age of 16 in 1953.
It also documents the entrepreneur’s illustrious history in Manchester – from establishing Kennedy’s Construction Company in the city years ago, to his more recent philanthropical work with charities in Britain and Ireland.
Friends and family came out to celebrate the book’s launch in Chorlton, where all proceeds from sales on the night were donated to the local St Ann’s Hospice.
Among those who attended was a healthy contingent from Ireland, including the managing director of Ireland West Airport, of which Mr Kennedy is the chairman.
Lawrence Hennigan of the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group was also in attendance, and told The Irish Post: “It was a fantastic evening and we were delighted to attend the event to support Joe and St Ann’s Hospice.”
He added: “Joe is a great supporter of our work in developing tourism and business links between Mayo and Manchester.”
To purchase the book visit www.mayobooks.ie