University of Limerick

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The University of Limerick ( UL abbreviated, Irish Ollscoil Luimnigh ) is a university in Ireland.

It was founded as Limerick National Institute for Higher Education, on 1 January 1972 and 1989 he received the status of a university ( University of Limerick Act ). This was the first university founded in Ireland since independence in 1922 Ireland (along with Dublin City University was founded on the same day).

1845 Limerick had unsuccessfully applied for as an location of the Queen's University of Ireland; but ultimately were Belfast (Queen 's University Belfast), Cork (University College Cork) and Galway ( National University of Ireland, Galway ) is preferred. In September 1959, a " Limerick University Project Committee " was established by Mayor Ted Russell, which ultimately accomplished the establishment of the National Institute for Higher Education in 1972.

The 240 hectare (600 acre) great campus ( National Technology Park ) UL is situated on the southern bank of the Shannon, in Castletroy, about three miles ( five kilometers ) east of the center of the city of Limerick.

Currently, approximately 17 000 students are enrolled. The UL has four faculties: the Kemmy Business School, the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Arts science, humanities and social sciences.

The completed in 2001, " University Arena ", the sports center at the University, is Ireland's largest sports hall. In the university Concert Hall ( completed in 2008 ), the Irish Chamber Orchestra is home.