Foundation set up in memory of Newry businessman

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Foundation set up in memory of Newry businessman

20 Apr 2022

The Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with the Conlon Family to launch The Brian Conlon Foundation, set up in memory of Brian Conlon, to continue his legacy by supporting causes that were close to his heart and that he was passionate about.

Brian was hugely successful in many walks of life – a high achiever in education, entrepreneurship, sport and in business. When a knee injury ended his budding Gaelic football career, Brian turned his attention to business setting up First Derivatives from his mother’s spare bedroom in 1996. Now one of Irelands most successful companies, it employs nearly 3,000 people with fifteen offices globally. Thousands off local graduates have passed through the company’s HQ in Newry many of whom ended up being deployed to large financial institutions throughout the world.

Brian was immensely proud of his roots and his hometown of Newry and despite all of his success, he remained a humble and generous individual throughout supporting numerous people and deserving causes, often quietly.

The Community Foundation is therefore delighted to be working in partnership with the Foundation to launch a fund to support charities in the Newry area. Donations will be made to local organisations that are working to advance education, amateur sport, opportunities for young people and assisting communities’ groups in the local area.

Brian Conlon Foundation, “Brian spent his life making a difference to the people around him, so it is fitting that this Foundation reflects those values and continues the spirit of his generosity in areas that he cared passionately about. Our goal is to ensure that Brian’s legacy lives on will continue to make a difference.”

Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy, Community Foundation commented.
“The Community’s Foundation is delighted to be partnering with the Conlon family as they pay tribute to Brian and set up a Foundation in his memory. Brian was a leader in all that he did and by choosing to set up this foundation, Brian’s leadership and generosity can continue to make a difference and change lives locally.”


Grants up to £3,500 will be available from 2nd May on our grants page.


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