University of Limerick doctorate for founding president Ed Walsh

IT HAS been 12 years since Dr Edward Walsh left the university he founded, but yesterday he was finally presented with an honorary doctorate from UL.

After serving as university president for 28 years, Dr Walsh said yesterday: “This is the greatest honour of my life.”

“My life has been so much associated with the university. I had the marvellous job for 28 years working here, and just seeing a fantastic team of university staff, faculty and students making a name for this place; the first university created since the foundation of the State.”

Dr Walsh said it was a “fantastic honour” to receive the doctorate from president Don Barry, another UL president from his native county of Cork.

“I can’t think of anything better,” he said of the honour, before joking: “For 28 years I only received abuse.”

“We had lots of fun, even during the difficult times. I’m hugely proud of it (the university] and delighted to be back here at the heart of the campus.”

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