Second Annual UL Christmas Giving Initiative

  • University of Limerick Christmas Community Celebration
At the University of Limerick Christmas Community Celebration 2018 are Yvonne Cook, Limerick Suicide Watch, UL President, Dr Des Fitzgerald, Chris Samways, Limerick Animal Welfare and Lucy O' Hara, Limerick Suicide Watch. (Pic: Oisin McHugh, True Media)

As part of UL’s Christmas Community Celebration UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald presented 20 charities nominated by the students, staff and alumni of the UL community with grants of €1,000 each, in recognition of their work supporting those in need across the Mid-West region.

The UL Christmas Community Celebration was established by the UL President in 2017 to support charities stating “Christmas is a particularly demanding time for many charities, as they are often the only lifeline for projects such as those supporting the elderly and the homeless and the demands can be even greater at this time of year."

The overall aims of Christmas Community Celebration are to mark the festive season appropriately, support a range of charitable projects that are endorsed by the UL community and enhance UL's engagement with the Limerick and Mid-West regions. Voting involved students, staff and alumni. This outreach initiative supporting charitable causes is part of an extensive programme of engagement with the communities of Limerick and the Mid-West by the university.

This grant initiative is undertaken with support from the University of Limerick and the UL Foundation.

Recipients of the UL Christmas Community Celebration Grants were:

Adapt Domestic Abuse Services

Children’s Grief Centre

Clare’s Wish foundation

Doras Luimnigh

Fighting Blindness


Irish Seed Savers

Limerick Animal Welfare

Limerick Mental Health Association

Limerick Suicide Watch

Mid-West Cancer Foundation

Mid-West Simon

Milford Hospice


Ozanam House

Peter McVerry Trust

Rape Crisis Midwest

Sing Out With Strings

St Gabriel’s Centre

Thomond House

The grant cheques were presented to the charities at a UL Christmas Community Celebration to which the entire community was invited.

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