THE FORMER PRESIDENT of the US is to attend, and speak at, the All Ireland Scholarship Awards which are due to take place in University Limerick (UL) on 17 November.
This isn’t the first time that the university has welcomed high-profile guests. In April 2011, The Dalai Lama gave a public address there, which saw the campus transformed into a 2,500 seater arena in order to accommodate the large crowds which attended.
The scholarships – which businessman JP McManus originally started in Limerick in order to help take children from second to third-level education – are now countrywide.
Bill Clinton is set to attend the ceremony as a guest of JP McManus and is due to give a speech to the recipients.
The president of the university, Don Barry, welcomed the latest announcement:
We are always delighted to welcome the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship Award ceremony to the UL campus and we are sure that the address by Former US President Bill Clinton will inspire this year’s recipients as they receive their scholarships and the generous support of the JP McManus Scholarship Trust in support of their higher education.