First official account of UL history does justice to Limerick campaigners

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

the FIRST official history of the University of Limerick has been penned by one its graduates, who documents the long and determined local campaign in Limerick to establish the university.

the FIRST official history of the University of Limerick has been penned by one its graduates, who documents the long and determined local campaign in Limerick to establish the university.

The book, The University of Limerick – A History, was launched this Wednesday at the Pavilion in UL, and coincides with the UL40 celebrations on campus, marking the four decades of progress since the very first intake of students.

The author, Dr David A. Fleming of UL’s history department, said he was “both flattered and honoured” to be asked to write this book by his university colleagues. “Though less than half a century in existence, and an infant compared to other universities, its story is worth telling for the insights it provides on individuals and collective activity,” he writes. “This is the first time that the variety of experiences that shaped the university will have been documented. What is offered here is a first chapter in what may be hoped to be an extensive story.”

Speaking at the launch by former UL chancellor Dr Sean Donlon, UL president, professor Don Barry said: “From its inception the University of Limerick broke the mould of third level education in Ireland and when you consider what has been achieved here in a little over 40 years, it is truly quite remarkable”. Prof Barry said this 302-page book, which is published by Four Courts Press, has done “fitting justice to the people of Limerick whose commitment to establishing the growing a third-level institution of international standing in this region is truly unprecedented”.

A graduate of UL in 2001, Dr Fleming is also the author of Politics and Provincial People: Sligo and Limerick, 1691-1761.