Donor Impact

We bring together friends, alumni and industry partner resources for maximum collective impact for UL and its students.

We receive financial assistance from the University of Limerick which ensures that donor funds can be deployed directly to the projects supported.

  1. The Atlantic Philanthropies
  2. Landmark investments in arts and culture
  3. Pushing boundaries of understanding in science and engineering
  4. Funding innovations in education
  5. Munster Rugby’s High-Performance Centre

The Atlantic Philanthropies

Unrivalled is the only way to describe The Atlantic Philanthropies impact on the University of Limerick’s growth and expansion.

Investing almost €150 million in projects, it helped transform a largely green-field site into a world-class centre of teaching and learning. Among the most significant landmarks fully or part-funded include:

  1. Bernal Science and Engineering Building Project
  2. Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD)
  3. Foundation building
  4. Land acquisition
  5. Library
  6. Living Bridge
  7. Scholarships for the Medical School
  8. Student Centre
  9. Student housing projects
  10. Sports arena

Landmark investments in arts and culture

Dr. Charles Feeney and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s vision delivered ones of UL’s most striking buildings, and a home for our Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD). Philanthropic funding was critical to the delivery of this landmark.

Its architectural design was inspired in response to the ecological surroundings at the University of Limerick; this includes the many monastic influences along the River Shannon exemplified by Clonmacnoise, as well as those located in Limerick and Clare, such as Glenstal Abbey and Quin Abbey.

Architect drawing in 2008

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance today


Pushing boundaries of understanding in science and engineering

UL’s Bernal Institute was established to promote scientific excellence and stimulate Irish and global community in the key domain of materials.

Leveraging philanthropic funding, commercial resources and University funds, the Bernal Institute is now a recognised global leader.

Architect drawing in 2012

The Bernal Institute today

Funding innovations in education

UL Foundation has been instrumental in securing all of the financial backing needed to underwrite one of UL’s most ground-breaking new courses.

Immersive Software Engineering (ISE) has reimagined teaching and learning for software engineers, blending studies with real-world, hands-on experience.

“From the most exciting start-ups in Ireland to the world’s most successful tech companies, UL Foundation has built a fabulous coalition to support the Immersive Software Engineering course.”
John Collison
Co-founder and President

Our Partners

Working alongside academics and donors, we have been able to build a new programme which will welcome its first students in September 2022:

For more information about ISE, click: https://software-engineering.ie/


Munster Rugby’s High-Performance Centre

UL has invested more than €70 million in world-class sporting facilities.

Much of this has been enabled or backed by philanthropic funding. Ireland’s first 50m pool, tallest climbing wall, our international athletics track, a 60m indoor sprint track, three lane indoor jogging track and the largest array of natural and synthetic grass outdoor sports facilities in Ireland are just some of the facilities enjoyed by UL students.

Building on the UL’s proud sporting tradition, one of the most recent additions is Munster Rugby’s High Performance Training Centre which includes an extensive gym, medical and physiotherapy treatment rooms, offices, changing rooms, analysis suite, meeting rooms and a 65-seat auditorium.

Construction of the High-Performance Centre underway in May 2016
Inside the High-Performance Centre today

‘The University of Limerick’s sports facilities are truly world-class. Among them, Munster Rugby’s high-performance centre on the campus offers an unrivalled training space.’
Peter O’Mahony
Munster Rugby and UL Ambassador