Outstanding University of Limerick graduates honoured

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts



Outstanding University of Limerick graduates honoured

Marian Real, widow of the late Peter Real who was honoured alongside fellow UL alumni Maeve Lewis, Mark Sheeran and Brid Stack

FOUR outstanding graduates from the University of Limerick (UL) have been honoured by the college.

Charity leader Maeve Lewis, businessman Mark Sheeran, football all-star Brid Stack, and the former vice-president at Analog Devices, the late Peter Real have received one of UL’s highest honours at the its alumni awards gala dinner.

The annual dinner marks the outstanding achievements of its graduates.

A former chief technology officer with Analog – which employs hundreds in Raheen – Mr Real, who died earlier this year , was posthumously honoured for his contribution to science and technology.

Tipperary woman Ms Lewis, the executive director of One in Four, the Irish Charity Supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, was honoured for her contribution to society.

Laois businessman Mr Sheeran, managing director of manufacturing firm CJS was honoured for his contribution to business.

And 11-times All-Ireland medalist, the Cork footballer Brid Stack was given the nod for her contribution to sport.

Speaking at the presentation, UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “The programme is designed to recognise graduates who have made an outstanding contribution in particular fields and we have added four more amazing people to an extraordinary cohort of 43 recipients since its establishment in 2006. As UL alumni, Maeve, Peter, Mark and Brid have excelled in their careers. With each achievement, their careers have progressed to new heights and elevated UL and the alumni by association. This year’s award recipients represent all that is good about our alumni and are sources of inspiration for our current and future students.”

Since their inception in 2006, only 47 people from a global alumni community of 100,000 have received alumni awards.