FORMER US President Bill Clinton has told scholarship award winners that he himself got his education thanks to a scholarship programme.
The 42nd US president made his comments in Limerick at the weekend where he was guest speaker at the JP McManus-sponsored All-Ireland Scholarship Awards at the University of Limerick.
There was a media blackout for the ceremony, where VIP guests included businessmen Dermot Desmond and Denis O'Brien, Finance Minister Michael Noonan, and Northern Ireland Minister for Education John O'Dowd.
Just a handful of people arrived at the university in the hope of catching a glimpse of Mr Clinton, a stark contrast to his last visit to Limerick in September 1998, when 40,000 people lined O'Connell Street for his powerful address.
Just 600 guests were lucky enough to get a 'golden ticket', including the recipients and their families.
At total of 125 students from across Ireland were presented with bursaries worth €6,750 per annum.
In his address, Mr Clinton recalled how he had received three scholarships, which enabled him to study at Oxford and Yale.
Scholarship recipient Shannon Gleholmes said Mr Clinton was happy that it was an all-Ireland event as he had been "such a vital part in the peace process".