In article yesterday, the Limerick Leader newspaper paid tribute to UL Foundation Director, Chuck Feeney, and the remarkable impact his generosity has had on the University of Limerick and Mid-West region as a whole:
Former UL Foundation Director, Sir Terry Wogan has been named the greatest BBC radio presenter of the last 50 years in a Radio Times poll of broadcasting experts. Sir Terry presented Radio 2’s breakfast show for a total of 28 years.
A new scholarship, the Roibeárd Thornton Memorial-Janssen Sciences Scholarship, was launched today at the University of Limerick, named in memory of Dr Roibeárd Thornton, a graduate of the University. Dr Thornton, who had been working with Janssen Sciences in Cork for over 4 years, had just returned to Limerick with his family when he was tragically killed in a car crash in January 2016.
The new scholarship programme at UL, which is being gifted through the University of Limerick Foundation, will award €2,500 to a 2nd year student of the BSc Bioscience in the School of Natural Sciences. The inaugural 2017 recipient is Niamh Phelan from Kilkenny City who was awarded the Scholarship based on her academic excellence.
At a special ceremony today, engineering firm, Arup, presented cheques to students under a new scholarship and awards programme in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick.
A new suite of Sports Scholarships were formally launched at the event, designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick.
Leading semiconductor solutions provider, Microsemi, who has its European headquarters in Ennis, Co. Clare has generously agreed to commit €50,000 over the next 4 years to continue its scholarship programme in engineering at UL.
In excess of 300 sports personalities, philanthropic and business leaders attended the annual University of Limerick President’s Gala Dinner organised by the UL Foundation in a special marquee on the UL campus.
The University of Limerick today conferred Honorary Doctorates on six exceptional individuals from the worlds of humanitarianism, business, the arts and the public sector.
It is with great sadness that we hear the news of the passing of UL Foundation Board member, Sir Terry Wogan.
A close friend of the University, Sir Terry was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2004 and joined the Board of the UL Foundation in 2006.
The University of Limerick has awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science to UL Foundation Director and former Ireland Rugby Captain Paul O’Connell. Dr. Paul O’Connell is the 100th recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Limerick since 1990.