Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dr O'Connell graduates 15 years after enrolling

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Paul O’Connell with his wife Emily and children Lola (1) and Paddy (5) at the conferring ceremony in the University of Limerick
Paul O’Connell with his wife Emily and children Lola (1) and Paddy (5) at the conferring ceremony in the University of Limerick

More than 15 years after he left his alma mater, rugby hero Paul O'Connell has finally received a scroll from his university.

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The University of Limerick (UL) awarded the former Ireland captain an honorary doctorate yesterday.

O'Connell began studying computer engineering at the university in 1998. However, didn't finish the course after a professional rugby career came knocking.

"It is a big regret that I didn't get to finish my degree," he said.

"I spoke to the university a couple of times about the possibility of coming back and I have cooled on it as well but I have 18 months of rugby left and then some time for a break, so who knows, I could end up as a student here again."

The Limerick man said that yesterday was a proud day for his family.

"To get appreciated by your home university is something very special," he said.

"When you grow up in Limerick close to the city, UL ends up being a big part of your life," he added.

Irish Independent

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