FIVE people who have left an indelible mark on Limerick Institute of Technology and its students have been made inaugural fellows of the institute at an honours ceremony in the city.
The recipients include acclaimed artist and graduate Limerick School of Art & Design, John Shinnors, and Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, along with three academics associated with LIT, namely Patricia Burke; former governing body chairman John Clifford, and former acting CEO of the then Tipperary Institute Luke Murtagh.
Mr Fitzgerald said this is an honour he won’t forget, while Mr Shinnors this particular parchment will hold pride of place in his home.
Comedian Pat Shortt, a graduate of the school of art and design, also attended on the night and praised the fellowships as “a great idea”.
The fellowships were presented at a special ceremony at the Clare Street campus attended by over 200 people, including family and friends of the newly appointed fellows.
The fellowships in the fields of arts, education, science and sport were presented by LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar.
“It has been our intention for some time to initiate a fellowships programme at Limerick Institute of Technology and it is fair to say that the inaugural fellows were well chosen,” she explained.
“Each of the five has made an enormous contribution to Limerick Institute of Technology as it is today.
“They have given extraordinary leadership through what they have done for LIT and, indeed, in their own professional careers and personal lives.
“As an institute, we put people, our students and staff, at the centre of everything we do and our five fellows embody that ethos brilliantly.
“They have each been inspirational to us and, indeed, many others. We have marvelled at what they have done and LIT has, indeed, been all the better because of their association with us.
We are proud and, indeed, fortunate as an institute to have had that association and long may this relationship continue and flourish.”