THE University of Limerick hosted a historic gathering of Clare County Council members last week.
For the first time ever, 28 elected councillors from the Banner County conducted their business for on the UL campus, the Clare side, in the Irish World Academy, for a meeting which also marked independent councillor James Breen’s last official meeting as Cathaoirleach.
“The University of Limerick is hugely important for County Clare and the wider region,” said Cllr Breen.
“We are very proud to have such a quality educational institution on our doorstep. UL has helped to develop a highly skilled graduates’ base which has been a major contributory factor to the region’s growing status as an attractive investment location.”
Addressing elected members and Council officials ahead of the meeting, President of UL Professor Don Barry said, “It is a coming of age for our Clare campus and it is an affirmation by you, as representatives of the people of Clare, of what we have done here since 2003.”
Prof Barry continued, “In a very significant way your presence marks the realisation of the vision held dear by this University — since its foundation just over 40 years ago — that one day this institution would claim its place at the centre of this proud region, very much of Clare and of Limerick, embracing all the traditions and cultures of both counties.”
by Alan Jacques