A Littleton man has become the first irishman to receive a prestigious Medal of Honour from His Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark, in recognition of outstanding service to trade relations between the UK and Denmark.
Liam Kearney, and his wife Elaine - a teacher in the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles- were invited to a dinner in Liam’s honour at the Danish Ambassadors Residence to the UK in London on the 4th of June where the Medal was presented.
On the same night Liam also received a Diploma from Ulrich Ritsing, the Chairman of the Danish Export Association who represents over 500 of the largest Danish exporting companies around the world and again, Liam is the first Irish person to be awarded such a Diploma.
A very proud and modest Liam told The Tipperary Star this week that he has also been invited to join the Danish Royal Family on a State visit to Canada in September as part of their Trade mission.
As a part of this Liam is invited to meet Prince Henrik in Copenhagen in October along with others who will receive medals this year from the Royal Family.
The honours were presented as a result of his work with a Danish based company J. Hvidtved Larsen a company which will be a 100 years old in 2015. The Arlo Group based in the Archertown Industrial Est sold its UK operations to this company in December 2011 and as part of this deal Liam transferred and stayed on in the UK. However, he has since been Promoted to Sales Director and is member of the Senior Management Team based in Head office in Denmark.
J. Hvidtved Larsen, designs, manufactures and sells a range of high tech equipment used in the liquid Waste Industry for the cleaning, removal and recycling of waste throughout the UK, Ireland, Denmark and the US to name a few . Today J. Hvidtved Larsen is seen as a world leader in this Technology.
Liam now divides his time between Denmark, the UK and the US where his main challenge is to establish a manufacturing plant in the US for JHL around the Chicago area with the aim of quadrupling the companies size a very real possibility. The company has doubled it’s operations in the UK market and following year on year growth of between 20-25% over the last three years, JHL, and Liam as it’s driver, were selected for this high honour.
Describing the ceremony and the honour as ‘amazing’ Liam finds himself globetrotting each week, but returns to Ireland as often as possible and without fail in order to spend time with Elaine and his three girls.
His has been a wonderful success story so far.
Congratulations to Liam on a very unique achievement.