Global Limerick chats to Gerry O’Sullivan
Name: Gerry O’Sullivan
Current Location: Sydney, Australia
What area of Limerick are you originally from? Lelia Street, Limerick City.
How did you come to leave Limerick and settle where you are now? A friend from Limerick asked me to be best man at his wedding in Melbourne, in January 1987. I came down, travelled to Sydney, got a job, fell in love with Sydney, was sponsored by my employer and here I am.
Describe your life? I live in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills which is a very vibrant place, full of cafes, bars, shops, art galleries. A few years ago Surry Hills was ranked number 23 on the list of “The 50 Most Stylish Neighborhoods in the World” published by American Lifestyle magazine ‘Complex’.
Your job? Regional Development Australia (Sydney)
Regional Development Australia is a nation-wide initiative between the Federal and State Governments to advance sustainable economic development and social equity to:
- Identify and advise Government about needs and opportunities
- Facilitate development of new ideas with key industry or community partners
- Support the implementation of economic, social and sustainable development projects
This is a very new role since November 2015 and the appointment is for 3 years. I have been working in training and education and was a director of a business college for 14 years. On the side I have written a couple of books.
What do you miss about Limerick? I miss Limerick’s older pubs, such as South’s.
What has changed in Limerick? Many improvements – Cruises Street, and the conversion of King John’s Castle into a top class visitor Centre, the Curragower Falls area has been really nicely improved. UL is hugely expanded, a world-class campus, and in general the city looks great.
Favourite Limerick memory? Every summer my family went to my grandmother’s diary farm near Bruree, Co. Limerick – saving hay, milking cows. It was very ‘old school’. The ‘family car’ was a horse and trap. Life there was like the 1920s. It was a wonderful experience. I had 7 first cousins living there and another 5 cousins would join us from the UK. With local kids, there was a gang of around 20 of us running around the fields, playing football, cowboys and Indians, swimming in rivers, and having adventures.