Peadar Cremin, former President at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick has died following an illness.
Cremin was appointed President of the College in 1999 and in doing so became the first lay person to take on the role in over one hundred years. Over the term of his presidency, the College community expanded dramatically with, by the time of his retirement in 2011, over 3,000 students enrolled on 30 different academic programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.
During his twelve years as President, Peadar oversaw the completion of a major capital investment programme to a total of €40 million, resulting in the provision of class-leading facilities that include Tailteann, an award winning multi-purpose sports complex, and TARA – a teaching and research building. Professor Cremin was also the driving force behind the establishment of Limerick’s premier theatre venue, the very successful 510-seat Lime Tree Theatre.
Paying tribute to his predecessor, Michael Hayes, current President at Mary Immaculate College acknowledged the work done by Professor Cremin during his time in MIC. “I was gifted by Professor Peadar Cremin an extraordinary College which he worked tirelessly to develop in terms of reputation and infrastructure and I am deeply saddened by his death.”
Bishop Brendan Leahy, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and An Bord Rialaithe of Mary Immaculate College offered his condolences to the Cremin family and spoke of the place Peadar will have in the history of the college.
“Peadar Cremin will always have a special place in the history of the Mary Immaculate College. He was the first President of the College who was not a Mercy Sister and was very conscious of the heritage that was placed in his hands. Generous in giving of himself and of his time, Peadar was zealous in his commitment and dedication to the advancement of the College for the benefit of students, staff and the wider community in Limerick, and further afield that the College serves”.
A native of Kerry, Cremin taught in Scoil Íosagáin, Farranree, Cork from 1969 to 1976. He joined the staff of Mary Immaculate College in 1976 as a lecturer in the Education Department. From 1978 to 1998, Professor Cremin lectured in Social and Environmental Studies and was responsible for the organisation of Teaching Practice. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Acting Head of Education.
He is survived by his wife Áine; his daughters Siobhán, Ciara, Sorcha and Clíodhna, sons-in-law Greg and Ciaran, grandchildren Aibha, Aisling and Peadar, extended family, friends and colleagues.
Reposing at Mary Immaculate College on Wednesday 2nd December from 4pm to 7pm. Requiem Mass in Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare on Thursday, 3rd December, at 11 am. Funeral immediately afterwards to St. Gobnait’s Cemetery, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.
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