UL President’s Gala Dinner
In excess of 300 sports personalities, philanthropic and business leaders attended the annual University of Limerick President’s Gala Dinner organised by the UL Foundation in a special marquee on the UL campus.
A new suite of Sports Scholarships were formally launched at the event, designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick. There are three levels of award - Gold, Silver and Bronze - with a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level. Scholarship holders will benefit from support in the areas of accommodation, registration fees, sports science, coaching and mentoring.
A number of sports stars and personalities attended the event, including former New Zealand All Blacks rugby international, Doug Howlett; Munster Captain, CJ Stander and his international swimmer wife, Jean Marie Stander; Kilkenny hurler, Eddie Keher; as well as a number of UL’s past and present Olympians.
A new Terry Wogan Scholarship, which will be funded with proceeds from the event and named in honour of the late Sir Terry Wogan, was also announced. Sir Terry was a Director of the UL Foundation and received a UL Honorary Doctorate in 2004.
Guests were treated to a special musical performance by internationally acclaimed fiddler and Irish World Academy Artist, Martin Hayes, along with master guitarist Denis Cahill. Sponsors of the event this year were Bank of Ireland, Noonan Group and Lenmac.