We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of UL Governing Authority member, Tom Considine, on 22nd November.
Tom joined the University’s Governing Authority on 1st December, 2017 as nominee of the University of Limerick Foundation and was appointed Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, which plays a critical role in the University.
We were fortunate to have his experience and expertise drawn from decades of work for the public service and he will be sadly missed.
On 2nd November, a close network of ambassadors, patrons and supporters of the University of Limerick Foundation gathered at a special event hosted by UL Chancellor and UL Foundation Director Mary Harney in support of student scholarships.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our Founding Secretary and President Emeritus UL, Mr John O’Connor.
John was a huge part of the success of our Foundation and the University – captured so wonderfully in his “Memoir of a Privileged Time”, a personal history of the development of the University of Limerick 1972-2012 and pre-history 1862-1972’ https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/5386.
On 22nd June, the unveiled the new UL Glucksman Library, which has now doubled in size and capacity having added an extra 7,600 sq. metres to the original library building. The Library now includes a range of world class innovations in book storage and retrieval, digital research, accessibility and ‘inspirational learning spaces’. One stand out feature is the ARC (Automated Reserve Collection) – a 10 meter high book vault and robotic crane, with the capacity to store 500,000 volumes in a space 1/9th of conventional shelving, which will see UL’s historic collections, currently housed off-site, returned to campus.
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.
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 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.