Tributes have been paid to Professor Michael Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate teacher training college, Limerick who passed away on Saturday, following an illness.
Bishop Brendan Leahy, chairperson of the college trustees and governing authority said Prof Hayes made an enormous impact.
“Michael certainly played a key role in ensuing Mary Immaculate College is today not only the largest Catholic third level college in the country but well acclaimed for its significant role in the Irish academic and educational landscape," he said.
"A man with a large cluster of talents and competencies, he befriended many with kind words of wisdom, clarity and wit.”
Prof Eugene Wall, who is acting college president said Pro Hayes possessed an unwavering belief that student wellbeing should be a mainstay of the college’s mission.
Prof Don Barry, president of the University of Limerick (UL), described him as a wonderful colleague who worked creatively and collaboratively to advance the cause of education in the mid west region in partnership with UL and Limerick Institute of Technology.