Why St. Patricks?

Why choose to attend St. Patricks College over other colleges in Ireland? We think there are lots of reasons that give St. Patrick's the edge, not just the fact that our concurrent teacher education courses mean you will be a fully qualified secondary school teacher after 4 years. Read on to find out why you should just St. Patrick's.

Some of Our Students Tell Us Why they Chose St. Patrick's

Cost of Living

Going to college in Thurles is much more affordable than attending a college in one of Ireland's larger towns or cities. There is ample accomodation available within walking distance of the college. Self catering accommodation is available from as little as €55 per week. Full board accommodation is available from as little as €100 per week.

Once you're done, you're done!

St. Patrick's College Teacher education programmes are structured such that the Professional Diploma in Education (H.Dip) is included in the four year degree programme. This provides a professional teaching qualification after four years as to opposed to 5 or 6.

Placement in the Gealtacht for Irish Students.

Students who study Irish are required by the Teaching Council to spend three months on a residential placement in a designated Gealtacht area, before registering with the Teaching Council. A two week residential placement in the Gealtacht is organised by Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge. This placement is a structured placement with classes etc. organised by Roinn na Nua-Ghaelige.

Your Degree

All programmes are accredited by the University of Limerick which means you get a UL Degree when you complete your studies in Thurles.

Home of Hurling

Continue your career as a budding sports enthusiast while you study in Thurles. The college supports students in their sporting endevours and offers scholarships to incoming first years to assist with this. More details below.

Student Teaching Experience Day

So before you decide, why not come along to our Student Teacher Experience Day to experience life as a student here on Saturday 12th April from 10.30am to 2.00pm.

There was a big write up in the Corkman in January about why St. Patrick's College could be the choice for you, including some testimonials from past students. Take a look and see what you think.


Academic and GAA Scholarships

Entrance Scholarships are awarded to incoming first year undergraduate students. The student with the highest Leaving Certificate points in each programme receives an entrance scholarship. In addition a scholarship is offered in recognition of GAA achievement and to facilitate further sporting development. The successful GAA scholar will receive support in their sporting pursuits and a financial award. The scholarship is open to all incoming first year students. Potential GAA scholars will be able to apply online from mid-august on this website.


Claire Vaughan, Graduate, tells us about her time at St. Patrick's College.

Claire Vaughan B.A. in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies.
"All the modules are really interesting and relevant to teaching. Although parts of the courses can be difficult, all lecturers are extremely supportive which makes it so much easier to get through the four years. When I left school I wanted to go straight into teaching. I didn't want to spend 3 years in college without every setting foot in a classroom. I loved the fact that, at St. Pat's, I would get to go out on teaching practice every year! I knew straight away that this course was for me - it has been the best decision I ever made. The friends I've made at St. Pat's will be my best friends for life. Being involved in the chaplaincy has really improved my confidence, allowed me to become more creative and help me to try things which will really benefit me as a religion teacher." 


Léiríonn Pauric Ó hAnluain a thaithí mar mhac léinn i gColáiste Phádraig

Pauric Ó hAnluain, B.A. in Education, Irish and Religious Studies.
"Is ball mé den chéad rang Gaeilge anseo i gColáiste Phádraig agus go dtí seo is léir domsa go bhfuil gach iarracht déanta ag gach duine sa Choláiste oideachas den scoth a chur ar fail dúinn. Tá caidreamh cairdiúil le feicéil go soiléir idir fhoireann an Choláiste agus na mic léinn ar fad. Tugann an caidreamh seo seans dúinn ár scileanna múinteoireachta a fhorbairt i slí chruthaitheach agus fhorásach."
"Tá an t-ádh linn anseo mar faighimid seans ár n-ábhair (i mo chás féin, Nua-Ghaeilge agus an Léann Reiligiúnda) a chothú agus ár scileanna múinteoireachta a chleachtadh go minic i rith na céime. Chomh maith leis sin, tá neart seansanna again páirt a ghlacadh i gcúrsaí spóirt agus i ngníomhaíochtaí difriúla eile sa Choláiste. Tugann roinnt de na gníomhaíochtaí seo deiseanna dúinn scileanna nua a fhoghlaim, scileanna a bheidh ina mbuntáistí dúinn nuair a rachaimid amach ag toraíocht poist agus ag múineadh sa todhchaí. Faoi dheireadh, is léir domsa go bhfaighidh mé go leor taithí agus teagaisc i rith an chúrsa seo nach mbeidh aon leithscéal agam ach a bheith i mo mhúinteoir múiníneach , cumasach, ardchaighdéan ag deireadh na  céime seo." 


Richelle Hurley, Graduate, tells us why St. Patrick's was the right choice for her.

Richelle Hurley B.A. in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies.
"At St. Pat’s in Thurles I undertook a B.A. in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies. Since graduating I have been very lucky to secure employment immediately on completion of my studies. I attribute this to the knowledge, skills and support I received day in and day out from the college staff any my fellow classmates."
"In St. Pat’s I found that students are treated as individuals and not just a number! The small class sizes gave me a good opportunity to get to know lecturers, classmates and created a positive learning environment."
"The combination of enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers combined with a good balance between the theory and the practice made this a really rewarding and enjoyable course to do."
"I would really encourage others to study at St. Pat’s because it has been such a positive and enriching experience for me. My years there opened up a whole new world. It introduced me to lifelong friends and it prepared me for a meaningful profession and launched me on my way. I was delighted to be presented with a Gaisce gold medal in my time there my President McAleese." 



Irish Summer Camp

Bí Réidh!

Sé an sprioc atá le Bí Réidh ná daltaí a ullmhú do na scrúdaithe teistiméireachta, cluastuiscint agus Gaeilge ó bhéal a fhorbairt trí mhodhanna taitneamhacha agus meas ar an nGaeilge a chothú.
Is cúrsa tumoideachais go h-uile is go h-iomlán é le réimse leathan gníomhaíochtaí. Spreagtar tuiscint agus úsáid na teangan I suíomhanna soisialta agus eachtraí spraoiúla I rith an lae.

The aim of Bí Réidh is to prepare students for the certificate examinations in Irish, the development of aural and oral skills using enjoyable and innovative methods and cultivating a love of the Irish language.
It is a total immersion programme with a varied programme encouraging understanding and the use of the Irish language in a wide variety of social settings and fun activities.

Dátaí an chúrsa
CÚRSA A - 27 IÚL - 31 IÚL 2015 do dhaltaí sa chéad agus sa dara bhliain.
CÚRSA B - 10 LÚNASA - 14 LÚNASA 2015 do dhaltaí san idirbhliain agus sa chúigiú bhliain.

Course Dates
Course A - 27 - 31 JULY 2015 for current first and second year pupils.
Course B - 10 - 14 AUGUST 2015 for current transition and fifth year pupils.

IONAD         Coláiste Phádraig, Dúrlas, Co Thiobraid Árann.
VENUE         St Patrick's College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

AM               9.00-17.00 Luan go hAoine
TIME            9.00-17.00 Monday to Friday
Bí Réidh! is a non-residential course

COSTAS          €175 IN AGHAIDH NA SEACHTAINE (Gach ní san áireamh)
COURSE FEE  €175 per pupil per week (inclusive)

Beidh oícheanta eolais don phobal I Mí Eanair I nDúrlas, i gCluain Meala agus san Aonach san úrbhliain. Bí ag faire ar an leathanach seo.
Information evenings will be held in Thurles, Nenagh and Clonmel in the New Year. Visit this page in January for times and dates.

For more information phone 0504 21201 or email bireidh@gmail.com

Tuilleadh Eolais
Further Information
Séamus Ó Dubhagáin, Gaelscoil Bhríde, Dúrlas, Co. Thiobraid Árann. gaelscoildurlas.ias@eircom.net or office@stpats.ie or bireidh@gmail.com. Phone Séamus at Gaelscoil Bhríde on 0504 21497/23831


Alumni and Friends

St. Patrick’s College is always delighted to hear from alumni and friends. Our reunions afford us all an opportunity to catch up and reminisce about times gone by. It is heart-warming to see the bond that our alumni still have with this fine institution. This section of our website is designed to enable alumni and friends to view a photo gallery of images of the college and past editions of Luceat, where one can engage in nostalgia as well as keeping abreast of present developments in the college. Alumni and friends of the college may also like to donate to the St. Patrick’s College fund to help ensure the survival of a 175-year tradition in Thurles.  I am extremely grateful to you for your wonderful support which has enabled the flourishing of pastoral and academic programmes in recent years. Your continued support would be greatly appreciated by all associated with St. Patrick’s College.


Fr. Tom Fogarty

St. Patrick's College Fund

Philanthropy has played a very important role in the development of St. Patrick’s College. Indeed, the college owes its very existence to the vision and generosity of Dr Patrick Everard, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly who bequeathed a sum of money for the purpose of establishing a Catholic college in Thurles.

The reinvention of the college as a Teacher Education College was facilitated in no small part by those who generously donated over the last 10 years. The College has undergone huge refurbishment and upgrading in order to offer students an exceptional learning experience in a very special environment. Donations from both alumni and “friends of St. Pat’s” have helped St. Patrick’s College stay true to its Catholic ethos and to provide a student-centred learning experience in a unique community atmosphere.

It is our hope that as a graduate or a friend of the college that you will support us in our mission to maintain our high standards of education and theological renewal on our beautiful and historic campus.

Anyone who would like to support the college can choose which area they would like to donate to. All donations made using the “Support St. Pat’s” link will be used to fund the following areas:

  • Religious Studies Department
  • Library and Research
  • Student Assistance Fund
  • Building and Infrastructure Development
  • Area of Greatest Need


Religious Studies Department
The Religious Studies Department is responsible for the development, management and delivery of the Religious Studies modules of the Teacher Education Programmes in St. Patrick’s College.  Additionally, this department plays a pivotal role in helping to fulfil the College’s role as a centre for theological, pastoral and spiritual renewal in its region. Donations to the Religious Studies Department will be ringfenced and used exclusively for funding in this department.



Library and Research
The College Library provides a fantastic service to students and staff. A relatively new initiative providing free academic writing tutorials to students on a one-to-one basis is proving to be very popular and hugely beneficial to students. Further funding would help the college to expand this service and to grow the capacity of the library to assist staff and students with research.



Student Assistant Fund
Donations to this fund will be used to provide financial assistance to students who are experiencing severe financial difficulties whilst attending St. Patrick’s College.



Building and Infrastructure
Opened in 1837, the College boasts many beautiful period features. Following the College’s reinvention as a College of Education a modern extension was added to the campus. This fund will be used to help preserve historical aspects of the building (for instance the impressive Harry Clarke stained glass windows in the chapel, the colleges treasured art collection and the magnificent Croke Library).



Area of Greatest Need
Choose this option to donate and let St. Patrick’s College determine which project is in greatest need of your donation.


Other Donating Options

Naming Opportunities

Click here if you would like to be contacted about a donation which would involve a naming opportunity (having something named in honour/memory of you or a loved one).


As a registered charity the college is often the beneficiary of bequests. It is a source of funding to which we are always grateful.

The college is currently exploring the potential for tax efficient giving for residents in the the United States and the United Kingdom. Please enquire for more details.



Exploring the Link Between Sport and Spirituality

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2014
St. Patrick’s College, Thurles

Conference speakers include:

  • Dr. Nick Watson (Senior Lecturer in Sport, Culture and Religion at York St John University, UK)

  • Dr. Kevin O’Gorman (Lecturer in Moral Theology at Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth)

  • Dr. Eamon O’Shea (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at NUI, Galway and current manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team)

  • Dr. Mark Nesti (Former first team counselling sport psychologist at Bolton Wanderers 2003-2007, Newcastle United 2007-08 and Hull City 2008-09)

  • Rev. John Boyers (Current Chaplain to Manchester United Football Club)


Exploring the Link between Sport and Spirituality Brochure


Public Lecture Poster

Admission (to be paid at the event):
Friday and Saturday €50/ students €20
Saturday only €40
Friday only €10/ students €5

For Further Information:

Fr. Tom Fogarty, President, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles.
Telephone: +353(0)504 21201

Accommodation in Thurles
Anner Hotel http://www.annerhotel.ie/
Horse and Jockey Hotel http://www.horseandjockeyhotel.com/
Thurles Accommodation Information  http://www.thurles.ie/visit-accom.php

Jointly sponsored by St. Patrick’s College, Thurles and Davy Stockbrokers


Luceat 2011

St. Patrick’s College is proud to present the first e-book version of the college magazine, Luceat. Luceat 2011 is now available for you to view online. Just click on the front cover below to see all of the events that made 2010/2011 such an exciting and busy year for St. Patrick’s College.

Video Gallery

Accounting Lecturer Madeline Ronan talks about MIC St. Patrick's Campus


Head of Business Rebecca Purcell talks about MIC St. Patrick's Campus


Head of Religious Studies Diane Corkery talks about MIC St. Patrick's Campus fr


St Patrick's College Thurles from Pat Corbett on Vimeo.

St Patrick's College Sports Interview


Life at St Patrick’s College

St Patrick's College Thurles from Pat Corbett on Vimeo.

St Patrick's College Sports Interview from Pat Corbett on Vimeo.


Quality Assurance

St. Patrick’s College has committed itself to embracing an inclusive Quality Assurance culture. This Quality Assurance Manual embodies a demonstrable manifestation of that commitment.

St Patrick’s College, Thurles, is committed to providing third level education of the highest quality. In order to ensure that the institution satisfactorily fulfils this goal, St Patrick’s College is committed to regular assessment of the quality of its programmes, policies, procedures, services and facilities by means of self-evaluation and external review. Through its Quality Assurance Policies and Procedures the College has a coherent framework within which continued excellence may be striven for and which assures potential students and staff of the provision and maintenance of the highest standards of third level education in line with recognised best practice both nationally and internationally.

Quality Assurance Policies and Procedures Manual Version 1.2

As a provider of HETAC accredited programmes, St. Patrick's College conducted a sell-evaluation review and underwent a joint institutional and programmatic review process in the academic year 2008-2009. This process culminated in an external review conducted by an external panel who published recommendations to which the college responded. Details can be examined in the documenation below:

 Institutional and Programmatic Review





Contact Us

St. Patrick's College, Cathedral St., Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Tel: Reception +353 (0)504 21201

Fax: +353 (0)504 23735

Email: Office Email address: office@stpats.ie

Staff: Staff contact details

Directions Thurles is located just 5km off the main Dublin-Cork road and the table below outlines distances and routes to some of Ireland's main cities and towns.


Town/City Distance Route
Dublin to Thurles 96 Miles/150KM N7-N8
Galway to Thurles 90 Miles/144KM N18 - N7
Kilkenny to Thurles 30 Miles/48K N8
Clonmel to Thurles 29 Miles/47KM N8
Killarney to Thurles 104 Miles/166KM N72 - N73 - N8
Limerick to Thurles 41 Miles/66KM N7
Waterford to Thurles 58 Miles/93KM N24 - N8
Shannon to Thurles 50 Miles/80KM N18 - N7
Cork to Thurles 74 Miles/120KM N8

Facilities at St Patrick’s College

From 2002 to 2006 the college has undergone a massive re-generation project. The college has been completely refurbished and re-fit to the highest modern standards.

IT Facilities Each student at St. Patrick's College has a PC account with access to an excellent computer network, containing lecture notes and other academic material. All academic programmes at St. Patrick's College make extended use of the College's computer facilities. An ICT and Introduction to 3rd Level module is compulsory for all first year students.

Library St. Patrick's College has around 25,000 volumes in its library. Most of the books relate to the diverse areas of theology/philosophy/religious studies. The books are housed in the Student's Library and the Old Library. The old library focuses entirely on research texts and contains valuable resources for higher research. The College has a wide selection of journals, some of them quite rare. At present the journal stock comprises 434 journal titles. The College also subscribes to an online database for Religion and Philosophy and Business related journals (EBSCO).

Sporting Facilities A state-of-the-art Gaelic pitch has recently been completed at St. Patrick’s College. Facilities also include tennis, basketball courts and a handball alley.

Refectory The refectory has been recently refurbished. Tea, coffee, snacks and lunches are available to students. Vending machines provide an extensive range of confectionary and drinks.

Study Rooms A number of study rooms are reserved in the college for students.

Recreational Facilities Students can relax in a purpose built recreational room with a plasma TV.

Class Halls Each class hall is fitted with the most up to date technology.


Current Vacancies

St Patrick’s College is a third-level College of Education, primarily specialising at undergraduate level in preparing students to teach in post-primary schools. Degree programmes in the College are accredited by the University of Limerick.  There are currently no posts available:


St. Patrick's College, Thurles, is a charitable institution operating under the patronage of the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. The College opened as an educational institution in September 1837, offering second level education in the humanities, with a limited contribution from the sciences, to students wishing to prepare for priesthood as well as careers in business and other professions.

In 1842 a Philosophy Department was added to the College. Prevailing poverty and hardship caused by the Famine temporarily inhibited the development of St. Patrick’s College. However, by the middle of the 1860s, the College had developed into a major seminary with the addition of a full Theological Faculty.During its long history of service to education, St. Patrick’s College has contributed significantly to society and Church here in Ireland, throughout the rest of the English-speaking world and further afield. Upwards of fifteen hundred graduates of St. Patrick’s College have served as priests in dioceses in Ireland and throughout the English-speaking world. Many more received part of their formation in St. Patrick’s College before transferring to colleges abroad to complete their education.

Until recent decades, the majority of our graduates have ministered abroad. In the mid 1970s that trend was reversed with most opting for ministry in Ireland. While noted for its significant contribution as a major seminary, St. Patrick’s College has also maintained an extern department almost without interruption since its foundation. Lay students, first as boarders and thereafter as day scholars, continued to receive a general education in St. Patrick’s until 1907. From 1909 until 1986 students from the nearby Pallottine College pursued their professional studies for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College.

The introduction of a B.A. Theology degree in 1988 meant that, once again, St. Patrick’s College welcomed lay students to the college. Besides offering full-time academic programmes, St. Patrick’s College has and continues to serve as a centre for theological, pastoral and spiritual renewal in the region. The College regularly offers short renewal courses to laity, clergy and religious. Since reopening the lay department of this College in 1988, a number of graduates have been making a valuable contribution to education, especially religious education, in second level schools.

Changes in society and Church over recent decades suggested the need for innovative developments in St. Patrick’s College to respond appropriately to present and future educational, pastoral and spiritual needs in the region. In view of this, the College began offering a three year part-time degree in theology, accredited by HETAC, in 2003. This degree was aimed primarily at adults who wanted to further their education in theology. The programme builds on the training, experience and expertise candidates already possess in faith education, and classes are held in the evenings.

The College has been running a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies since 2003 and held its first graduation for students of this course in 2008. The success of this programme and a demand for Irish and Religious studies degrees prompted the introduction of a second full-time teacher education degree – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education, Irish and Religious Studies in 2009.

About St. Patrick’s College

St Patrick's College, a third level educational institution, is located in the picturesque town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The College has a history of religious and humanities education dating back to 1837. The college currently offers a range of courses, both full-time and part-time in education, business, religion, theology, philosophy, pastoral care, and psychology.

From 2002 to 2005 the college has undergone a massive re-generation. The college has been completely re-furbished and re-fitted to the highest modern standards. As well as offering a number of full time academic courses, St. Patrick's College serves as a centre for theological, pastoral and spiritual renewal in the region. The College has excellent educational, residential, catering and recreational facilities. The spacious and properly maintained grounds, ample parking and strategic location provide an ideal setting to pursue higher education.

Mission Statement

St. Patrick’s College is a third level College of Education. The College seeks to foster a progressive community atmosphere, which nurtures both staff and students in an open, collegial and stimulating environment. It strives to promote critical thinkers and reflective practitioners who will be influential contributors to society.

Our Vision

St. Patrick’s College aims to be recognised as a key College of Education providing quality university-level programmes in Ireland. The College will enhance and extend its national and international reputation by:

  • Building on existing strengths to extend the range and nature of academic programmes.
  • Providing students with an education experience which encourages the development of knowledgeable, skilled and confident graduates.
  • Further developing relationships with domestic and international HEIs, with particular emphasis on fostering the relationship with the University of Limerick.
  • Developing the research capacity of the College.

Core Values

The core values of St. Patrick’s College shape the culture and define the character of the College. They guide decision-making at all levels and ultimately will facilitate the realisation of our vision:

  • Academic excellence through the provision of values-led, quality teaching with an emphasis on critical and reflective thinking.
  • Respect for others and the dignity of the individual, inclusiveness, compassion and integrity.
  • Collaboration and shared-decision-making.
  • Service that enriches the community.



Welcome to St Patrick’s College, Thurles

St Patrick's College is a college of education, primarily specialising at undergraduate level in preparing students to teach in post-primary schools. The college is located in the picturesque town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary and has a rich history of religious and humanities education dating back to 1837. Accredited by the University of Limerick, the college currently offers four full-time BA in Education degrees, which prepare teachers of Religious Studies, Irish, Business and Accountancy for employment in post-primary schools.

As well as offering full time academic courses, St. Patrick’s College serves as a centre for theological, pastoral and spiritual renewal in the region and continues to provide opportunities for community learning. St. Patrick’s College is also currently developing postgraduate programmes.