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Friday 22 February 2019

Bob Geldof, Marian Keyes, The Cranberries to receive honorary doctorates from University of Limerick

A posthumous award will be made to the family of the late Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan was lead singer with the Cranberries (Bruno Bebert/AP/PA)
Dolores O’Riordan was lead singer with the Cranberries (Bruno Bebert/AP/PA)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Bob Geldof, Marian Keyes, and The Cranberries are set to receive honorary doctorates from the University of Limerick.

Honorary degrees are conferred on individuals who have shown outstanding achievement, nationally or internationally, in the arts, sciences, business, industry, the professions, sport, social service or public service.

Cranberries on stage at Bord Gais Energy Theatre. PIC: AM Photo Star
Cranberries on stage at Bord Gais Energy Theatre. PIC: AM Photo Star
The Cranberries

Novelist Marian Keyes was born in Limerick in 1963 and began writing at the age of 30 with her first novel, Watermelon, becoming a huge success following its publication in 1955.

She has since written twelve novels and four non-fiction books.  Her most recent is The Break, which was published in 2017.

Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes

Boomtown Rats frontman and humanitarian Bob Geldof was previously awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College in 2017 and is set to receive his doctorate from UL on Monday January 14, alongside Marian Keyes.

Both Geldof and Marian Keyes appeared at the UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Festival in May last year, in conversation with novelist and UL Professor of Creative Writing Joseph O’Connor.

Bob Geldof pictured on stage during the Rock Against Homelessness in the Olympia Theatre. Photo: Frank McGrath
Bob Geldof pictured on stage during the Rock Against Homelessness in the Olympia Theatre. Photo: Frank McGrath

The awarding of the honorary doctorates is part of the Winter Conferring Ceremony at the university. 

A second conferring ceremony will take place on January 18 and will honour the members of Limerick band The Cranberries; Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor while a posthumous award will be made to the family of Dolores O'Riordan, who passed away in January last year.

Previous names to be honoured by UL include Vicky Phelan, Mary Robinson, Seamus Heaney and Liam Clancy.

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