The Priory Institute

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The Priory Institute
Motto laudare, benedicere praedicare
Motto in English
to praise, to bless, to preach
Type Private
Religious affiliation
Catholic (Dominican)
Director Fr. John Littleton
Location Dublin, Ireland
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Wales,Trinity Saint David(2004- ).
Institute of Technology, Tallaght(2011- )

The Priory Institute, is part of the St Mary’s Dominican Priory in Tallaght,[1] County Dublin, and provides, certificate, diploma, and degree programmes in Theology and Philosophy.[2] While initially materials are distributed from Tallaght usually at an induction meeting, the courses is delivered by Distance Learning,[3] students can avail of local centres for assistance in Newry, Drogheda, Galway, Cork and Sligo.

From 2004 BA degree course is validated by the University of Wales Lampter.[4] The Institutes certificates and diplomas are part of the UK NQF structure. Other short courses are run from the institute.[5]

Graduation takes place each November, the 2010 seen the first students graduate with the level 8 BA in Theology, a total of 84 students graduated in 2010.[6] The 2011 graduation ceremony took place at the Institute on 26 November with the awarding of 15 Degrees, 27 Diplomas; and 45 Certificates.[7] The 2012 Graduation is scheduled for 10 November.

In 2011 the institute entered into partnership with Institute of Technology, Tallaght(ITT) which will see ITT as a delegated authority of HETAC validate all the academic programmes at the Priory institute.

The Diploma and Bachelor of Theology programmes are entitled to tax relief under the Irish governments scheme.

The Institute also runs a number of certificate programmes, the modules of which are available to be taken as single subjects, students can also take a single subjects from the programmes these can be taken for academic ECTS Credits or uncredited.

The Institute also run a number of Diploma courses which are accredited by the UK based Accreditation Service for International Colleges(ASIC), which recognises The Priory Institute as a Premier College.


St Mary’s Priory was founded in 1855 by the Dominicans. The Studium of the Irish Dominican Province (Dominican House of Studies) was established at Saint Mary’s Priory. In May 1864 the foundation stone for the Priory was laid by Rev. Goodman provincial of the Dominicans in Ireland. The wing connecting the church and tower was completed in 1903, another wing and a library block were completed in 1958, this is where the Institute and Distance Learning Programmes are delivered from.[8] In 1971 the Dominican House of Studies was affiliated to the Faculty of Theology of the Dominican Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, the Bachelor of Sacred Theology(STB) accredited by that university was offered. From 1993 until 2001 a Diploma in Theology programme was offered, alongside other adult education and pastoral programmes. In 2000 the Studium was moved to St. Saviour's Priory, Dorset Street, Dublin,[9] and The Priory Institute was established in Tallaght.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ St. Mary's Priory Tallaght
  2. ^ Religious institutes offer wide range of night classes Catholic Ireland News, Monday, 18 August 2008.
  3. ^ Study Theology from Home The Kandle, 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ School of Theology Trinity St. David, University of Wales
  6. ^ Leading theologian urges people to educate themselves about theology by Sean Ryan, Catholic Ireland, Tuesday, 16 November 2010.
  7. ^ PRIORY INSTITUTE GRADUATION CEREMONY St. Mary's Parish notices 1st Sunday of Advent, 27 November 2011.
  8. ^ History of the Priory - From 17th century St. Mary's Tallaght, Website
  9. ^ Our Story The Priory Institute, Website.