Honorory Doctorates have been conferred by the University of Limerick on the millionaire J P McManus, on the Honorable Mr Justice Dermot Kinlen, and Ted Russell, a former Mayor of Limerick.

The University conferred an honorory doctorate of Economic Science on J P MCManus for his consistent dedication to his native Limerick.

Professor Rodger Downer of UL said Mr McManus' unprecedented successes and achievment in the field of horse racing and in the international currency market have been brought to bear on the people of the city and region.

He set up a trust fund for deserving students from Sexton Street school where he was educated to enable students to persue third level education. He has also raised millions of euros in his pro am golf classics.

Mr Justice Kinlan was conferred with an honours doctorate of laws for his committment to justice and equality and to prisoners and the prison system in particular. He was a founding member of PACE, an organisation that assists ex offenders following their release from prison.

An honorory doctorate of economic science was also conferred on Ted Russell, a former Mayor of Limerick for his outstanding contribution to the Limerick region, during his career as a successful business man which he always combined with a committment to the public service.