It will now be known as charity week. Last year rag week encountered some trouble with the gardaí and local residents.
In one incident, a car was upturned in the front garden of a house near the college.
Following talks between student leaders, gardaí, Limerick County Council and the local residents’ association, the UL students union decided to re-brand the week. It has also introduced a wide range of new non-alcohol events and sporting competitions.
The beneficiaries include; Limerick Youth Service, Mid West Simon Community, Irish Heart Foundation and Make a Wish Ireland.
UL Students’ Union President Ruan Dillon McLoughlin said: “Each day of the week will be dedicated to one of the charities and their work will be highlighted on the day to keep the fundraising message at the forefront for students. We will also be introducing student patrols this year in the housing estates surrounding the campus to ensure noise levels are acceptable and to help defuse any problems that may arise.”
UL president Professor Don Barry applauded the move: “We have a very fine body of active and energetic students at the University of Limerick and we wish them well in putting their energies towards fundraising for very deserving causes during charity week,” he said.
Supt Frank O’Brien said local gardaí are working closely with students and residents to ensure that this year’s event is successful. “We are particularly pleased that this year sees a new initiative whereby student liaison officers will work very closely with students and residents.”
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