Limerick groups benefit from university’s new Christmas tradition

UL Christmas Giving
UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald with Terry Ring, Clionas Foundation and Yvonne Cook, Limerick Suicide Watch at the presentation of cheques to the selected charities. Photo: Oisin McHugh

UNIVERSITY of Limerick President Dr Des Fitzgerald established a new Christmas giving tradition this year when he invited members of the staff and student community to nominate local charities to receive donations from the university.

The 20 charities that received the most nominations received cheques for €1,000 each at a UL Christmas Community Celebration with funding provided by the University and the UL Foundation.

Dr Fitzgerald said: “Christmas is a particularly demanding time for many charities, as they are often the only lifeline for projects such as those supporting the elderly and the homeless and the demands can be even greater at this time of year. We were heartened to receive a large number of nominations from the campus community.

“More than 300 members of the university community submitted nominations for 53 charities

“It is my hope that for Christmas 2018, we will extend the voting to our Alumni as well, so that we may involve them in this outreach initiative and also support projects in which our alumni are active,” continued Dr Fitzgerald.

Recipients of the UL Christmas Community Celebration Grants were:

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services

Barnardo’s Limerick

Childline Limerick

Children’s Grief Centre

Cliona’s Foundation

Doras Luimni

Down Syndrome Limerick

Enable Ireland


Irish Seed Savers

Limerick Animal Welfare

Limerick Gateway to Education

Limerick Suicide Watch

Milford Care Centre


Ozanam House, SVP

Peter McVerry Trust

Rape Crisis Mid-West

Sing out with Strings

St Gabriel’s Centre

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