All universities to honour philanthropist Feeney

All universities on the island of Ireland are to jointly confer an honorary doctorate of laws on philanthropist Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney next month. It is the first time that such an event has been arranged by Ireland’s universities, north and south, writes Patsy McGarry for The Irish Times.

It is intended as an acknowledgement of Feeney’s remarkable contribution to society in general and to its universities in particular. The ceremony on 6 September will take place at Dublin Castle.

Feeney is the founder of Atlantic Philanthropies, which has donated nearly €770 million (US$950 million) to universities on the island since 1990. He has said his purpose is to create a brighter future and a better society for the people of Ireland. He said he believes the best way to achieve this is to help Ireland become a full participant in the knowledge society and to compete in the knowledge economy.
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