The Cranberries to receive UL Honorary Doctorates on Jan.18th

January 8, 2019  |  4 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday The Cranberries posted on Instagram a photo of their invitation to the “Conferring of an Honorary Degree of The University of Limerick on The Cranberries”. The band didn’t give any other info at the time, such as the date of the ceremony nor if this was going be a public event or not…etc.
Some fans then commented it could be an Honorary Doctorate.

The Cranberries’ invitation posted on Instagram

Today more details were given in three articles published online on and  [edit: and even more articles were published during the day]

The ceremony will take place on Friday 18 January to honor all band members. Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler and Mike Hogan will receive honorary doctorates while a posthumous award will be made to the family of the late Dolores O’Riordan.

The University of Limerick awards honorary doctorates to “individuals who have shown outstanding achievement, nationally or internationally, in the arts, sciences, business, industry, the professions, sport, social service or public service.”

It looks like ceremonies at the Limerick University are reserved to invited guests only, and that dress code applies. All details can be found on the “general information for invited guests” page of the UL’s website.

For those who are not invited to attend, the UL ceremonies seem to be live streamed on this link. For now, there’s no information whether the ceremony in which The Cranberries are part will be available for watching or not.

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4 Responses to The Cranberries to receive UL Honorary Doctorates on Jan.18th

  1. Tony Molloy

    Looks like it’s a private ceremony by invitation only, although I’ve never seen one of those before.

    It’s not on the official Conferring Ceremony list for Jan ’19

    • M

      Your pdf stops at January 16th. The Crans are January 18th.

    • Tony Molloy

      Conferring ceremonies always last for 3 days in this case the 14th, 15th and 16th January . That is the official UL website so according to it there is no public ceremony on the 18th. I worked there and keep in contact with lecturers who work there and they have not been invited to process.
      So it looks like it is a private ceremony, but as I’ve said above I’ve never heard of one of those in 30+ years I was there.

    • Tony Molloy

      The University Conferring Ceremonies take place this Monday 14th January – Wednesday 16th January 2018.

      Carpark P20 (beside Plassey House) will be closed and reserved for conferring dignitaries.

      Public Pay car parks (“P2” and “P17”) will be free for the duration of the Ceremonies.


      So it’s not part of the regular cememonies.


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