‘I believe that you get more from giving than spending’

Philanthropy in Ireland lags behind most other countries. But retired businessman Tom Cavanagh, who recently won an award for a lifetime of giving, says it has enhanced his life as well as transforming communities across the country

14th April, 2019
Tom Cavanagh: ‘I never realised that philanthropy could give back so much to me. It’s an unexpected bonus’ Picture: Provision

‘The thing is, I may have a very good story to tell . . . but I don’t really want to tell it,” Dr Tom Cavanagh remarked honestly.

After three decades of giving, helping and motivating others to make a positive societal difference in Ireland, he’s still reluctant to bask in any praise. It’s just not his style. But last Friday in Cork he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Community...

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