Luxury hotel boss to speak to Jes past pupils

Gerald Lawless, president and group CEO of the Jumeirah group of luxury hotels, will be in Coláiste Iognáid this evening to talk about his time as a student at the school, and his career to date, as part of a series of speaking events for Jes past pupils.

Mr Lawless, who was in the class of 1970, has helped establish Jumeirah as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world. He joined the company in 1997 after a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, which saw him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East.

Joining Gerald Lawless will be Prionsias Mac Brádaigh/Frank Brady SJ, of the class of 1963. Fr Brady joined the Jesuits immediately after school and taught in Coláiste Iognáid as a scholastic for two years. His ministry has included working with drug addicts, and he co-founded a centre for addicts. He is currently based in Portadown, where he does some prison chaplaincy work in Maghaberry Prison.

He is editor of An Timire, the Irish version of the Jesuit monthly magazine The Messenger.

Mr Lawless and Fr Brady will talk at the school’s Andrews Building today (Thursday ) from 6.30pm. The evening is open to all past pupils to go along to reminisce and reconnect with others.

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