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
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
Admission (to be paid at the event):
Friday and Saturday €50/ students €20
Saturday only €40
Friday only €10/ students €5
Fr. Tom Fogarty, President, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles.
Telephone: +353(0)504 21201
Jointly sponsored by St. Patrick’s College, Thurles and Davy Stockbrokers
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.
Life at St Patrick’s College
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.
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
Tel: Marian Gleeson, Reception +353 (0)504 21201
Fax: +353 (0)504 23735
Email: Office Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.