Accreditation for Low Carbon Communities

Dr Bernadette O'Regan

Dr Bernadette O’Regan represented the University of Limerick as partner within the EU-funded project Zero Emission Communities ( This project brought together partners in five EU states, and the University of Limerick team was responsible for authoring carbon management and financial handbooks, and worked closely with Ballanagran community in Co. Wicklow to achieve ZECOS accreditation.

SSPC shortlisted for 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

Dr Brian De Souza and Dr Pat Frawley, SSPC

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) at UL has been shortlisted for the 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards.
Developed in 2015 by the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, the awards recognise and acknowledge exemplary ideas, originating in Irish organisations, making a social and economic impact through research innovation in meeting market needs.

SSPC is among a shortlist of 6 in the Irish Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Centre or Institute with US links category.

DPTC leads the way for next generation dairy processing

Dr Sean Brady, DPTC Chair, Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research UL, Padraig McPhillips, CEO DPTC & Aidan Cotter, CEO Bord Bia

Over 150 delegates from Industry and Academia attended the Analog Devices Building at UL for the first Knowledge Day of the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). Dr Sean Brady, Chair, DPTC – (an Enterprise Ireland and Dairy Industry supported Technology Centre) – welcomed all delegates to the event. 

Sustainability of Irish HEI campuses

Dr Bernadette O’Regan and her research team have won funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for a 2 year study on the sustainability of Irish HEI campuses. The study is in collaboration with An Taisce and plans to work with all Irish university campuses interested in participating, plus Limerick and other ITs. The UL campus, which gained the Green Campus Award in 2015, and LIT will be used as case studies in developing an ambitious plan to ensure that HEI campuses play a full role in contributing to a reduction in Irish greenhouse gas emissions, in line with legally binding EU targets, as failure to meet these targets will result in heavy recurrent fines for Ireland.

Senior UL Lecturer Launches New Book - ‘16 Lives Patrick Pearse’

O' Brien Press launch of '16 Lives' at the GPO, O' Connell Street

Dr Ruan O’Donnell, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick and Visiting Chair of Irish Studies, Notre Dame (2010-11), is the author of numerous books on the history of Irish republicanism, including the recent Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, Volume II, 1978-1985 (Irish Academic Press).

Journalism in times of crisis

This 7 April UL is organising a conference entitled ‘Journalism in times of crisis’. The conference will look at the political and economic role journalism plays in crisis periods. Two panel sessions will be held, firstly on media concentration and secondly on the framing of the water protests. The panel discussions will include academics, journalists, politicians and broadcasters. Parallel sessions on the media representation of economics, class and gender will be held alongside discussions on disruptions in journalism and finally a roundtable discussion on new and radical media.