SIXTEEN Irish people who have made a major contribution to sport throughout their lives will be honoured at a Sports Hall of Fame in the University of Limerick next weekend, writes Anne Sheridan.
As part of the final celebration of the 40th anniversary of UL, its president, professor Don Barry will officially inaugurate the first 16 members of the new UL Sports Hall of Fame at the University Arena on Saturday, September 28 at 2.30pm.
This event will be open to the public and will be followed by a live screening of the replay of the All Ireland hurling final between Clare and Cork on a large screen at the UL sports club.
President Barry said these 16 individuals will be “remembered for their achievements, their commitment to excellence and the inspiration they provide to our next generations of athletes.
“They have reached the pinnacle of their sporting careers and have earned our highest esteem and gratitude for their contribution to UL sport,” he said.
Among the inaugural Sports Hall of Fame inductees are former Irish rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan; Minister for the Arts, Jimmy Deenihan for Gaelic football; Ciara Peelo for sailing, Gerard Hartmann in the field of triathlons; rugby commentator and former Irish rugby player Tony Ward; and Eimear Cregan in hockey.
Over the last four decades, UL, which prides itself on being “Ireland’s premier sporting campus”, has made an increasing contribution to sport regionally, nationally and internationally, with world class sports facilities, leading sport-related research, and its pioneering altitude training centre. It has regularly served as the training ground for Olympians, world and European champions across numerous sports.