St Patrick's College, Dublin
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|St Patrick's College|
|Latin: Collegii Sti Patricii|
|Motto||Intellectum da mihi, Dne|
|Motto in English||Give me understanding, Lord|
|Religious affiliation||Vincentians (1883-1999)|
|President||Dr. Daire Keogh|
|Location||Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
|Colours||Blue, white and yellow|
|Affiliations||National University of Ireland (1975–95)
Dublin City University (1995-)
St Patrick's College (Irish: Coláiste Phádraig) is a linked college of Dublin City University since 1993, located in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland. The college is in existence since 1875 and has a Roman Catholic ethos. It is the largest primary teacher training college in Ireland. Currently over 2,000 students are attending the college.
The college was established at No. 1 & 2 Drumcondra Road in 1875, moving to the Belvedere House in 1883 following the purchase by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, when the Vincentian community took over the running of the College. In its first 25 years over 2000 students graduated from the college. The college trained students to become primary school teachers and was male only until 1971. In 1984 a National School was established on campus and students would practice there. St Patrick's College of Education was a recognised colleges of the National University of Ireland from 1975 to 1995. In 1993 the college commenced its association with the nearby Dublin City University (DCU) which was newly established. In 1995 the college of education formally ended its connection with the NUI and becoming a college of DCU. The college developed a number of Arts and Humanities undergraduate and postgraduate courses with DCU. The Vincentians administration of the College ended in 1999. In 2008 the college along with the other local college the Mater Dei, and All Hallows, signed a new linkage agreement with Dublin City University.
In May 2012 it was announced that there would be a 40million investment in facilities at the college to provide for 2500 students.
Dr Daire Keogh of the history department is the 14th President elect of the college, taking over from Dr Pauric Travers, in September 2012. Dr Travers was the first lay president of the college appointed in 1999. Previous presidents of the college have included Fr Peter Byrne CM (1883-1919)when the vincentians came to the college, Fr Jerome Twomey CM (1942-1948), and Dr Donal Cregan CM (1957-1976).
Notable buildings on the campus include Belvedere House which was built c.1660 by Sir Robert Booth (judge)
Residents of the house included:
- Marmaduke Coghill (former Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Irish parliament)
- Lord Singleton (Irish House of Commons MP for Drogheda)
- John, 1st Baron Bowes (Lord Chancellor of Ireland)
- Lord Lifford (Lord Chancellor of Ireland former MP for Coventry).
- Lord Rokeby Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh.
Faculty and Departments
The College is divided into two departments, Education and Humanities. Since the affiliation to DCU in 1995 the College's offerings of Arts programmes in the Humanities has increased.
Faculty of Education
- Religious Studies and Education
- Special Education
Faculty of Humanities
- Irish (Roinn na Gaeilge)
Student's Services and Students Union
St. Pats provides a variety of student services such as Careers advice, Access, Mature Students Support, Alumni Medical and Welfare Services, the College also has an Students Union which organises Clubs such as GAA, Rugby, Soccer, and other pursuits and societies for Drama, St. Vincent De Paul, Choral Society.
St Pat's are invited to enter the Dublin Senior Football Championship under the name Erins Hope. Erins Hope have been Dublin football champions on four occasions in 1887, 1932, 1956 and 1978. In 2007 Erins Hope failed to field a team for the Dublin championship and had to withdraw from the tournament.
Famous alumni from the college include;
- John McGahern Writer (1934–2006)
- Máirtín Ó Cadhain Writer, Republican (1906–1970)
- Peadar O'Donnell Writer, Republican (1893–1986)
- Mattie McDonagh Galway footballer (1936–2005)
- Patrick McCabe Writer
- Enda Kenny An Taoiseach (Irish prime minister)
- Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, broadcaster
- St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 1875-2000 :- A history, edited by James Kelly, Four Courts press
- Speech by the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D., at the signing of a new linkage agreement and revised linkage agreements between All Hallows College, St. Patrick's College, the Mater Dei Institute and the Governing Authority of Dublin City University on Monday, 4 February, 2008 at 3.30pm
- Quinn announces €40m upgrade for St Pat’s teacher college www.journal.ie 14 May 2012
- St Patrick's names new president Irish Catholic, 12th May 2012.
- Biographical Notes - Peter Byrne Colloque Vol 20, Vincentians Ireland.