Beloved Campus ‘Black Dog’ Passes Away

By Mike Finnerty Aug 27, 2019

Sheeba, a Black Labrador who was a frequent visitor to the University of Limerick, has passed away. 

Sheeba was known to the college community as “UL’s Black Dog”. 

Sheeba could often be found outside the college’s library or around the main courtyard area of the University.

The news was announced shortly after 12pm on Tuesday afternoon on social media. 

Sheeba passed away on August 26, which is International Dog Day. 

Sheeba pictured in the Stables courtyard in 2015 by student Michael Boyle.

The dog had a cult following in the University, with UL’s Facebook page saying they would “grant a posthumous Honorary Doctorates to dogs” if they were allowed. 

One Twitter user proposed the title of “Dogtorate” be bestowed upon the dog. 

The post announcing Sheeba’s passing amassed over 500 reactions within half an hour. 

Comments on the post recall the dog sitting fondly outside the library, with one comment positing that “sausage roll prices will drop like a rock” in the University following their passing. 



By Mike Finnerty

Arts and Online Editor with An Focal. Galwayman keeping the DVD and Blu-Ray market alive by himself. Would watch Stop Making Sense on a continuous loop if he could.

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