The University of Limerick was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of a dear friend, supporter and colleague, Dr Gordon Holmes. UL President Professor Don Barry, speaking on behalf of the UL Community said, "Dr Holmes will be missed by all of us at UL, he was a stalwart supporter of this institution and we appreciated greatly his guidance and advice. He gave so generously of his time in promoting and ensuring our success, his passing is a great loss to UL and to Limerick city".
The outstanding contribution of Dr Gordon Holmes to Irish society was acknowledged in 2005 when the University conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Gordon strongly supported the National Institute for Higher Education in its successful bid to become the University of Limerick in the 1980s and was greatly supportive of the work of the UL Foundation of which he was a Founding Director. He was a key fundraiser for UL and instrumental in raising support for the Foundation Kemmy Business School, the Glucksman Library and the Holmes O'Malley Sexton Endowed Scholarship. He has continued to be an avid supporter of UL and recently attended the launch of the first School of Law moot courtroom in Ireland at the University.