Upstart - Friends, Foes and Founding a University
Ed Walsh, son of a Cork butcher, returned to Ireland in 1970 to blunder into setting up an institute of education when Limerick wanted a university.
Ed Walsh, son of a Cork butcher, returned to Ireland in 1970 to blunder into setting up an institute of education when Limerick wanted a university. Ireland's academic and religious 'old boys' clubs' attempted to put manners on Ed. But he found a decaying mansion on a riverside site and gathered talented young people.
Soon officialdom came to dread Ed's letters and the certainty that if they didn't reply to his satisfaction, he'd be bounding into their Dublin sanctums in short order. Limerick's National Institute of Higher Education opened two years later. Despite a vicious recession Ed secured funding from the World Bank and European Investment Bank to build what became the University of Limerick. He made powerful enemies as he challenged official cant, traditional academics and clerical humbug.
Later he won the support of a reclusive Irish-American who secretly pumped millions into the Limerick campus and later throughout Ireland. With surprising candour Ed describes his academic and political struggles, and his efforts to straddle the divide between warring factions. This inspiring, frank and often funny memoir, by a passionate educational leader, vividly describes the making of the first new university established in the Republic of Ireland.
|Publisher||The Collins Press|
|Publication date||10 Oct 2011|