National College of Ireland

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Not to be confused with National University of Ireland.
National College of Ireland
National College of Ireland logo.png
Former names
National College of Industrial Relations
The Catholic Workers College
Established February 1951
Chairman Denis O'Brien
President Dr. Phillip Matthews
Administrative staff
130 full-time
220 part-time
Students 5,000
Location IFSC, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates: 53°20′56″N 6°14′36″W / 53.348896°N 6.24322°W / 53.348896; -6.24322
Campus Urban
0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Affiliations HETAC (2001-present)
NCEA (1976-2001)
Jesuits (1951-1998)

National College of Ireland (NCI) offers full and part-time courses from certificate to degree and postgraduate level. All courses are delivered from the IFSC campus and across a network of regional centres. The college's specialist areas include business, computing, psychology, marketing, cloud computing, human resource management, accountancy and finance. NCI is also known for its free public events which include the dot conf digital and web technology conference, the Legends In Your Lunchtime series, the Seven Deadly Skills, In the Psychologists' Chair and Marketing Mavericks.

In 2011, the college celebrated its 60th anniversary.


IFSC Campus

In 1951 the National College of Ireland started out as The Catholic Workers College in Sandford Lodge, Ranelagh.[1] Founded by Fr. Edward Coyne S.J., others involved in the college in its initial years included Professor Thomas A. Finlay S.J., and Rev. Edmund Kent S.J. among others.

Lectures were led by a handful of dedicated Jesuits two nights a week, with 103 registered students in the first year. Within 10 years, student numbers had dramatically increased. Links with trade unions deepened, as did formal collaborations with employer and management groups.

By 1966, nearly 1,300 students from trade union and business management backgrounds were learning together at the re-branded National College of Industrial Relations (NCIR).

In 1976 the college achieved recognition by the states National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA), the forerunner of HETAC, for a number of its programmes.[2]

The college again re-branded as the National College of Ireland (NCI) in 1998, with an expanded National Campus Network, and an array of outreach programmes across the country.

As the College continued to grow, the land and buildings at Sandford Road were transferred by the Jesuits to the NCI Board of Management.

The college's Higher Certificate, Degree, Higher Diploma and Masters courses are accredited by the Irish governments Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); a number of other short term courses are unaccredited.

NCI relocated to a 0.8 hectare site on Mayor Street in the Dublin Docklands.[when?] A €25,000,000 fundraising campaign resulted in the development of a modern campus including 53 residential apartments accommodating 286 students and a new Business and Research Building.

In 2009 and 2010 the college ran a series of free debates called the Insight Debate Series, organised in partnership with The Irish Times and the radio station Newstalk 106-108 FM. The college's Legends in your Lunchtime series saw public figures such as Ben Dunne, Willie Walsh and Giovanni Trapattoni interviewed live by a Newstalk presenter.[3]

In February 2010 former Irish rugby captain Dr. Phillip Matthews joined as president of the college, succeeding Dr. Paul Mooney.[4]


Both full and part-time, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, psychology, marketing, digital marketing, human resource management, accountancy, finance and computing are offered through the College's Schools of Business and Computing. A number of professional development programmes are also offered.

Presidents of NCI[edit]


  1. ^ From Catholic Workers' College to National College of Ireland 1951-1998 by Thomas Morrissey, S.J., Vol. 87, No. 347, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 1998.
  2. ^ Citation for Reverend John Brady SJ on the occasion of the conferring of an Honorary Fellowship by the National College of Ireland, 20 November 2009.
  3. ^ Legends in your Lunchtime Newstalk 106-108FM.
  4. ^ College names former rugby star as president Irish Times, Tue 02 Feb 2010.

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