Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Institúid Teicneolaíochta na Gaillimhe-Maigh Eo
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Latin: None
MottoTowards a Technological University
AffiliationConnacht-Ulster Alliance
European University Association
ChairmanCormac Mac Donncha
PresidentDr Fergal J. Barry
Location, ,
LanguageEnglish, Irish
ColorsColours of GMIT.svg Sky blue and maroon
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Green and white
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Castlebar GMIT Campus

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Irish: Institúid Teicneolaíochta na Gaillimhe-Maigh Eo) is a third level institute of education and is based at five locations in the west of Ireland.


GMIT was founded in 1972 as Regional Technical College Galway.

In 1975 the first bachelor's degree course was approved at a regional technical college, and by May 1977 the first degrees were conferred, a BA in Hotel and Catering Management.

In the 1980s it developed partnerships with other educational providers in the region including the Franciscan Agricultural College, Mountbellew (established 1904) and Connemara West in Letterfrack. In 1994 it opened a campus at Castlebar, Co. Mayo and at Cluain Mhuire in Galway city. Galway RTC like other regional technical colleges gained autonomy in 1992.[1] In 1997 the college was renamed Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.[2]

Buildings and sites[edit]

Galway Campus[edit]

GMIT Galway campus is based on the Dublin Road in Galway city, overlooking Galway Bay. It is the administrative headquarters for the Institute and has four Schools of study; the School of Business, the School of Engineering, the School of Science & Computing, and the College of Tourism & Arts.

Also located at this campus is the Innovation Hub, the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Research, Development & Innovation Centre.

Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM)[edit]

GMIT's Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) is located a mile from the main campus on the Monivea Road. It is based in an old Redemptorist Monastery and is now the location of an Art, Design and Media college.

It offers undergraduate courses in design, contemporary arts, film & documentary, textiles and fine art. In 2016, it introduced post-graduate courses in Creative Practice to support artists, designers and filmmakers.

The annual graduate exhibitions and screenings showcase the work being produced throughout the academic year.

Mayo Campus[edit]

GMIT Mayo campus is located at Castlebar on approximately 20 hectares of land.

Degree courses on offer include business, engineering, humanities, nursing and social care, and technology. GMIT Mayo campus also offers a wide range of Lifelong Learning courses, and has an Innovation Hub to support entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.

Letterfrack Campus[edit]

Campus building in Letterfrack, originally built as St Joseph's Industrial School in 1887 after the designs of the Cavan architect William Hague.[3][4]

GMIT Letterfrack campus is the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology, and has been involved with the study of furniture design since 1987.

It offers degree courses in furniture design and manufacture, furniture and wood technology, and teacher education (construction studies and DCG). The campus is located in Connemara in County Galway.

Connacht Ulster Alliance[edit]

In 2015, GMIT, along with IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, submitted a formal Expression of Interest to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for re-designation as a Technological University.[5] This partnership, known as the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA), aims to build a Technological University for the West/North-West of Ireland was still in the planning stage in October 2018.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992
  2. ^ History GMIT Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine GMIT Website
  3. ^ "CO. GALWAY, LETTERFRACK, INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720–1940. Irish Architectural Archive. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Letterfrack, County Galway 30329005". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b Marren, Aisling (12 October 2018). "HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology". The University Times. Trinity College Dublin. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

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