Philanthropist to bring American students to Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

MILLIONAIRE philanthropist Peter Hogan has revealed plans to bring American students to Mary Immaculate College.

MILLIONAIRE philanthropist Peter Hogan has revealed plans to bring American students to Mary Immaculate College.

Mary Street native Peter Hogan, who has spent most of his life in Savannah, Georgia, was back in Limerick over the weekend to see a bust unveiled in his honour at the Limerick Civic Trust.

Mr Hogan has already donated millions of euro to Mary Immaculate College, and UL, and also bought lands on the southside to be used as a community soccer facility in the shape of Hogan Park.

Now, he wants to go further, setting up the Peter Hogan Charitable Educational Trust which he will use to build a link between Georgia and Limerick.

There are two hospitals in Savannah operated by the Sisters of Mercy, as well as a number of high schools - and Peter is prepared to fund a number of scholarships at Mary Immaculate.

“I have got a prominent American judge backing me up here. I have been meeting people to help formulate a package. This would broaden education among American students by assisting Mary Immaculate in attracting students to an Irish education,” Mr Hogan explained

Asked what made him want to offer the scholarship, he added: “My heart is American but my soul is Irish. I was born in Ireland, I have been coming here since I was a child.”