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German President visits UL – The two heads of state and first ladies were welcomed by German-born UL President Kirsten Mey. Picture: True Media

German President visits UL on ‘extremely proud day’ for the university

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

German President visits UL German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Irish President Michael D. Higgins marvel at Limerick's recently-retained Liam McCarthy Cup during a visit to the University of Limerick. Picture: True Media

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Irish President Michael D. Higgins marvel at Limerick’s recently-retained Liam McCarthy Cup during a visit to the University of Limerick. Picture: True Media

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the University of Limerick last Friday, alongside Irish President Michael D. Higgins, as part of a three-day state visit.

The two heads of state and first ladies were met by German-born UL President Kirsten Mey, before visiting the Glucksman Library to view treasured archives from the university’s Special Collection. The visiting president was shown the first German-language copy of James Joyce’ ‘Ulysses’. 

The delegation, including German Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt and Ambassador of Ireland to Germany Dr Nicholas O’Brien, then viewed a hurling display at the UL Pavillion and marvelled at Limerick’s recently-retained Liam McCarthy Cup.

Finally, the two state leaders took part in a ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ student engagement session. The Europe-wide conference encourages citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities over the next six months.

Attended by representatives from all four UL faculties, the session’s theme was ‘A stronger economy, social justice and jobs’. UL President Mey described students in attendance as “the scholars of today, who will become the thought leaders of tomorrow”.

Ms Mey highlighted the strong connection between the University of Limerick and Europe. 

“Europe has always been at the heart of what we do at UL, with our long tradition of academic focus on European Studies and European languages, our national and international reputation for excellence in the Erasmus+ Programme and the involvement of our students in the European Solidarity Corps,” said the UL president. 

Before visiting the university, President Steinmeier held talks in Dublin with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. After departing the Treaty City, the two state presidents visited Galway and the Wild Atlantic Way.

For more information on German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to UL, go HERE

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