Hundreds of UL grads to celebrate union’s 40th

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

HUNDREDS of graduates of the University of Limerick are expected to attend a ball to celebrate the UL students’ union 40th anniversary in November.

HUNDREDS of graduates of the University of Limerick are expected to attend a ball to celebrate the UL students’ union 40th anniversary in November.

The event will take place in the Radisson hotel on Saturday, November 3 under the tagline “Mayhem and Memories” which they feel is an apt description of graduates’ years serving the union during its tumultuous history.

Paul Lee, clubs and societies officer in the ULSU, said they will also be using this occasion to capture the full history of the students’ union, and “more importantly our past members experiences throughout the last four decades.” Mr Lee said unfortunately there is no formal record of many of these contributions and achievements, but when people book online to attend the ball there is a feature for attendees to record their memories of the union.

“We anticipate that through the support and participation of former members, and their engagement with this event we intend to develop a publication available on the night, of a history of ULSU - ‘ULSU Uncovered’ if you will,” he said.

They are hoping to have up to 400 student representatives from the last 40 years present, and already have commitments from many former sabbatical officers who were the face of the union as far back as the 1970s. The National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) was founded in Limerick in 1972, with John Redington appointed the first SU president. Another milestone of the union was in 1989 when the first and only woman president of the Union was elected - Maura Adshead. One former ULSU president in the late 1990s went on to become Mayor of Limerick - Fine Gael Cllr Diarmuid Scully.

Tickets, priced at €50, are on sale www.eventbrite.ie/event/1945628427/efblike

Meanwhile, another UL institution was also celebrating its birthday recently, as The Stables club raised a glass or two to its 25 years on campus.