Tributes as our founding partners approach retirement

Tributes as our founding partners approach retirement

Employees and close associates gathered at Queen's University last night to celebrate the achievements of Jeremy and Paul.

It was quite a night: sunshine, the Ulster Orchestra, the Great Hall at Queen's University and a room full of people eager to acknowledge and show gratitude to Jeremy Harbinson and Paul Mulholland.

Our Head of Marketing Treena Clarke worked hard to conceal from Jeremy and Paul the full extent of the evening. They expected only their families and employees but were pleasantly surprised to see some close friends and associates among the guests.

It is twenty years now since Jeremy and Paul’s fateful conversation in a Belfast carpark where they decided to take a leap of faith and set up their own firm. It’s a decision that has benefited many and the wonderful tributes paid by staff, associates and friends perfectly captured the character, charisma and values of two men who worked incredibly hard to build Harbinson Mulholland.

The line of the night really had to go to the Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan who opened his remarks with: “Firstly, I must apologise that my partner Ant isn’t here”. Senior Manager Nora Tallon delivered a tribute entitled ‘Spelling it Out’, written by Joe Rice, that took guests through the Harbinson Mulholland journey framed within the letters of the firms name. Other personal associates of Paul and Jeremy also said some kind words and after the men of the hour took to the lecturn to address the audience. Much applause and few tears followed! It was a wonderful night and whilst looking back was inevitable there was also a real sense of excitement for the next chapter in the story of Harbinson Mulholland.

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