UL Planning Board members L-R: Dr Finbar O'Callaghan, Professor Declan O'Keeffe, Dr Edward Walsh, Dr Margaret Lyddy, Dr Anne Sadlier, Dr Philip Hilliard, Dr Paul Quigley. Picture: Liam Burke/Press22
The University of Limerick was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs Margaret Lyddy, founding member of the Limerick University Project Committee.
Founding President of University of Limerick, Dr Edward Walsh said; "When I came to Limerick in 1970 I had an opportunity to work closely with Margaret and gain some insight into her unrelenting determination and the effort she, with the support of her husband Frank, invested in the university campaign. Her family can take much pride in Margaret's remarkable achievements."
"Margaret Lyddy's name is synonymous with Limerick's outstanding campaign for a university. As Honorary Secretary to the Limerick University Project Committee and a member of the Planning Board of the National Institute for Higher Education and subsequently of the Higher Education Authority, Margaret was at the epicentre of events over many years."
University of Limerick President, Professor Don Barry said; "Margaret Lyddy was a remarkable woman to whom the University of Limerick owes a considerable debt. Her contributions to the establishment of this institution will continue to benefit generations to come. Margaret displayed great vision, commitment and enthusiasm in the foundation of a university that has become a dynamic and innovative leader in education. We offer our deepest condolences to the Lyddy family at this very sad time."
In September, 1995 the University of Limerick awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Mrs Margaret Lyddy for her contributions to education.