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Building for Limerick

Attending the University of Limerick Presidents Dinner 2014 at the Adare Manor were, David Cronin, Michael and Niamh Flatley. Picture: Alan Place.

By Mary Egan, Editorial Assistant
August / September 2014

The president of the University of Limerick (UL) Don Barry said that the school’s €224 million Capital Development Plan would aim to deliver 12 major infrastructural development projects including a new Clinical Education Research building at University Hospital Limerick, and a city center campus that would include an academic building and student residences.

The plans were announced at the UL President’s Dinner at Adare Manor recently. Niall FitzGerald addressed more than 200 key philanthropic and business leaders who attended the dinner. FitzGerald, the former Chairman and CEO of Unilever, emphasized the interdependence of commercial and societal needs, saying, “I believe more and more companies understand that attending to their own business means also attending to the needs of society. The two cannot be separated. We live in communities of citizens who are the consumers of our goods and service. If we betray their trust as citizens, we forfeit the loyalty of consumers.”

Guests were treated to a solo flute performance by Michael Flatley, and UL Foundation Chairman Loretta Brennan Glucksman presented a check on behalf of the foundation to Mary Davis, Worldwide CEO of Special Olympics.

UL Foundation CEO David Cronin said that friends of the university, such as Brennan Glucksman, FitzGerald and Flatley, ensure that the university will continue to distinguish itself on the education and philanthropic front.

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