Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Memoir of a privileged time at the University of Limerick

UL’s President Emeritus, John O’ Connor launched his Memoir at a reception on campus last week. His memoir is entitled ‘Memoir of A Privileged Time A personal history of the development of the University of Limerick 1972-2012 and pre-history 1862-1972’ The Memoir has been generously dontated by President Emeritus O’ Connor to the University of Limerick Oral History Project (ULOHP) digital archive at the Glucksman Library and may be accessed online at  https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/5386

President Emeritus O'Connor with UL President Prof. Don Barry
UL President, Professor Don Barry identified the critical role played by President Emeritus O’ Connor in the foundation and development of the University of Limerick. President Barry highlighted the Memoir’s important contribution to the institutional history of UL together with the personal history of his predecessor.

As former Director of Finance and Physical Development, many of President Emeritus O'Connor's achievements are particularly visible in the physical and infrastructural expansion of the UL campus.


Welcoming President Emeritus O’ Connor and his wife SeosaimhĂ­n, Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon introduced the University of Limerick Oral History Project, founded  by his office in 2008, in preparation for the fortieth anniversary celebrations of the University in 2012.  Professor McCutcheon emphasised the significance of the contribution made by this deposit to the collection. He expressed his gratitude to President Emeritus O’ Connor on behalf of the University community, past and future, who will enjoy reading this personal history of the institution, by one of its founding leaders.

The aim of the University of Limerick Oral History Project (ULOHP) is to create and archive an oral history of the University of Limerick. The Project digital archive contains interviews with founding academics, students and administrative staff, together with public figures associated with UL. It documents the personal contribution and memories of those who were part of the foundation and development of the University of Limerick. It  can be accessed at https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/5386



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