Griffith College Dublin

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Griffith College Ireland
Coláiste Uí Ghríofa, Baile Átha Cliath
Griffith College Ireland logo.jpg
TypePrivate/Independent Higher Education College
Established1974; 48 years ago (1974)
PresidentDiarmuid Hegarty
Dublin (affiliates in Cork, Limerick)

53°19′53″N 6°16′41″W / 53.33139°N 6.27806°W / 53.33139; -6.27806Coordinates: 53°19′53″N 6°16′41″W / 53.33139°N 6.27806°W / 53.33139; -6.27806
CampusDublin City Centre Urban, 7 acres (2.8 ha)
AffiliationsQQI (previously HETAC), HECA, ACCA, King's Inns

Griffith College (Irish: Coláiste Uí Ghríofa) is one of the two largest, and one of the longest-established private, third level (higher education) colleges in Ireland.


Griffith College Dublin Clock Tower

Established in 1974, with four campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Griffith College is one of the two largest independent higher education institutions in Ireland, with a student population of around 7,000 with 1,400 overseas students from over 77 countries.[citation needed] It is named after the former Griffith Barracks on the South Circular Road in Dublin.

Front of Griffith College Dublin

The 7-acre Dublin campus is close to the city centre, where Griffith College has an additional campus.[citation needed] Student Halls of Residence are located on campus, close to the library, creative studios, the student bar and restaurant, gym facilities and the Students Union.

Griffith College runs full and part-time degree and higher education qualifications in Law, Accountancy, Business, Computing Science, Journalism, Media, TV Production, Film Production, Design, Fashion, Music and Drama.

The college offers professional accountancy programmes for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), ACA, CPA and IATI,[1] Griffith College is a goldStar CPA approved Educator.[2]
The ACCA has awarded Griffith College Dublin the Platinum accreditation – the highest recognition by the ACCA,[3] and is also an ACCA CPD registered course provider.[4]

The Griffith College Dublin campus is the home of the Leinster School of Music & Drama. Established in 1904, the Leinster School offer theory classes in Music & Drama to groups and individuals subject to availability. The Leinster School is also an examining body and have a Theory Examinations Syllabus with levels from Preparatory to Grade 8.


The college was established in 1974 by Diarmuid Hegarty and incorporated in 1978 as the Business and Accounting Training (BAT). Originally located on Morehampton Road, in 1991 the Business and Accounting College moved from Milltown Park, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, to the Griffith Barracks site changed its name to Griffith College Dublin.
In 1979 Griffith College was designated as being an institution under the Irish Government's National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) Act.
In 1990 the first degree course was offered by Griffith College in Computer Science and it was validated by the University of Ulster. In 1992 it was followed by a Business Studies degree,[5] this arrangement ceased in 1996 and the degrees were validated by Irish National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) the predecessor of HETAC.

In 1992 the Tiernan Design School moved to the Griffith Campus becoming the Griffith College Faculty of Design. In the late 1990s Newman College, Dublin became part of Griffith College.

In 2005, Griffith College Dublin merged with Skerry's College to form Griffith College Cork. Skerry's College had been active in Cork since 1884.

In September 2006 Griffith College Dublin merged with the Mid-West Business Institute to form Griffith College Limerick.

Griffith College City Centre[edit]

In 2018 the college opened Griffith College City Centre, off Mary Street in Dublin 1.[citation needed] The Dublin city centre facility offers courses such as Professional Accountancy, BAs in Accounting and Finance and also Business, Diplomas in Business Management and Human Resources Management, a Professional Diploma in Management and Leadership, and a Certificate in Applied IT and Office Skills.[citation needed]


Griffith College Dublin campus green.

The College is divided into a number of faculties:

  • Faculty of Business
  • Graduate School of Business
  • The School of Professional Accountancy
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science
  • The Professional Law School
  • Faculty of Computing Science
  • Faculty of Journalism & Media Communications
  • Faculty of Design
  • The Leinster School of Music & Drama
  • Faculty of Training & Education
  • Corporate Training
  • Short Courses
  • Griffith Institute of Language

Faculty of Law & the Professional Law School[edit]

Griffith College Dublin is home to Ireland's largest law school,[citation needed] incorporating the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional Law Schools.

Aerial view of Griffith College Dublin campus

Innocence Project[edit]

In September 2009, David Langwallner, Dean of Law, founded the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College.

The Irish Innocence Project reviews claims of wrongful conviction and miscarriages of justice in Ireland.[6] It is based on the famous Innocence Project in the USA.[7]

Final-year law students, drawn from Griffith, Trinity College Dublin and DCU, work with qualified and practising barristers, who in turn are working closely with the Griffith Dean of Law, to give post-conviction reviews of cases. Currently there are 20 active files and cases going back before the courts.[8]

The Irish Innocence Project (Irish: Tionscadal Neamhchiontachta na hÉireann) was launched officially by Dr.Greg Hampikian, director of the Idaho Innocence Project and DNA expert for the Georgia Innocence Project in March 2010.

School of Professional Accountancy[edit]

Griffith College works with several local and international partners to offer professional courses in areas of accounting.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants[edit]

Griffith College holds a platinum status Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accreditation,[citation needed] and offers courses in the following areas:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • ACCA - Computer Based Exams
  • ACCA Diploma in Accounting & Business

Certified Public Accountants[edit]

Griffith College also a Goldstar CPA Approved Educator, offering Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification and preparation programmes. These include:

  • CPA (Certified Public Accountants)
  • CPA - Computer Based Exams
  • CPA -Certificate in Business & Accounting
  • CPA Certified Tax Adviser (CTax)

Accounting Technicians Ireland[edit]

Griffith College is a licensed college provider by Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) and offers an ATI membership qualification course.

Collaborations and recognition[edit]

There are seven publicly funded universities in Ireland, fourteen Institutes of Technology, and a number of independent higher education colleges. Griffith College is one of the latter.[9]

At an international level, Griffith College Dublin is a participant in the Erasmus / Socrates mobility programmes.[citation needed]

Ireland is a member of the Bologna Process, of which Griffith College is a promoter.[10] The generic outcomes for Irish degrees are laid out in the National Framework of Qualifications.[11] In 2006, Ireland became the first country to verify the compatibility of its national framework with the overarching framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and Griffith College’s degree programmes adhere to this framework.[11]

Validating partners[edit]

Griffith College works in partnership with a number of validating bodies in Ireland and the UK. This ensures that all programmes are recognised nationally and internationally.[citation needed]

QQI (HETAC) validation[edit]

The Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC – now part of QQI) is the awarding body for Irish higher education and training institutions outside the university sector.[12][tone]

HETAC complies with the standards and guidelines set by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).[13]

King's Inns Recognition[edit]

In 2004, Griffith became the first independent college in the country to have its degrees (LLB and BA in Business & Law) recognised by the Honorable Society of King's Inns.[14] for the purposes of admission to its annual entrance examinations. Having successfully completed these five examinations, students may then complete the Barrister of Law degree in one year.[15] which is a professional qualification for practice at the bar.

Student life[edit]

Halls of Residence[edit]

Overlooking Dublin's Grand Canal, Griffith College was originally an army barracks dating from the 1830s. Griffith Halls of Residence, commonly referred to as GHR) is located on campus and is a new apartment complex. This on-site accommodation can house 160+ students, with 24-hour security and reception. GHR is open to all students living and studying in Dublin, and is not dedicated solely to Griffith students.[citation needed]


During the spring students from the Journalism & Media Faculty operate a radio station from the campus,.[16] The radio station is licensed by the BAI (and the BCI before that) to broadcast for a couple of weeks.[17] This year GriffFM broadcasts on 92.1 FM from 1–15 February[18][19] and will be relayed online on.[20] The station airs both hard news and music-oriented programmes produced and presented by second year journalism degree students and postgraduate journalism students.

Students' union[edit]

Griffith College Students' Union is the representative body for all full-time and part-time Griffith College students.[21] The students' union executive includes the roles of president and (as of 2021) two vice-presidents.[22] The union organises a number of trips and events throughout the academic year, including Freshers Week and several balls.[23] It also helps fund and assist college clubs and societies covering activities such as sport, music, debating, and film.[24][23] GCD's debating society were team winners of the 2009 Thomas Finlay Court Moot Competition in UCD.[25] The students' union also publishes a magazine which was originally titled Griffiti and later published as Baked Goods.[26][27] Launched in 2004,[28] the magazine has won several awards at the National Student Media (sMedia) Awards (including a "Small College Publication of the Year" award in 2007).[29]

College and student publications[edit]

There are a number of college publications.[30] These include a newspaper published by Journalism students, where examples of student work get published.[citation needed] The paper won the award for Small College Publication of the Year at the annual Oxygen Student Media (sMedia) Awards in 2005 and 2006, while Griffiti won in 2007.[31] The Griff, The Griffin, 90 Degrees and Maverick are other student publications which have been produced by degree, higher diploma and print journalism students in the past.[citation needed] Glór uí Ghríofa (The Voice of Griffith) is the official college newsletter outlining college news, developments and campus life.[citation needed]


An annual "Creative Week"[not specific enough to verify] takes place to showcase student work of the creative disciplines, Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Fashion Design, TV & Video production, Photography, Digital Media, Sound Engineering, Journalism and Visual Media.[32]

Facilities and services[edit]

The college facilities include a library, common room, computer laboratories (248 workstations across 10 labs), CAD lab, photography lab, fitness room, sound studios, shop and bar & restaurant. The college also offers students a career advice service there is also a professional counsellor off campus providing an advice and counselling for personal and non-academic issues.

The college library provides research and study facilities to students (and to college alumni), the library holds a range of set course texts and background reading material for all college programmes.[citation needed]

Conference centre[edit]

Griffith Conference Center is located on the college campus. The facilities include a 575-seat auditorium, as well as smaller suites and rooms for hire. The buildings were officially opened by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in September 2006.[33] The Conference Centre has been used for a variety of functions such as conventions of political parties, medical bodies, and industry groups.[citation needed] It has also hosted television programmes such as the You're a Star auditions.[34]

Notable staff and graduates[edit]


Arthur Griffith Building
Wellington Building
  • Daniel O'Connell Building – North Wing, International Office, Accounts, DIFC, Admissions, Journalism & Media faculty, Business Faculty.
  • Arthur Griffith Building – West Wing, Reception, Lecture Rooms, Library, Fashion Design, Law Faculty, Graduate Business School.
  • Meagher Building – houses the Griffith College Students Union
  • James Stephens Building – Computer Labs, CAD Labs.
  • Richmond Building – Photography Studios, Radio & Sound Engineering Studios.
  • Wellington Building – Houses the Faculty of Computing Science, IT Department & Computer Labs.
  • Cavalry Buildings – Photography Dark Rooms.
  • Stables – Video Editing Studios.
  • Academic Facilities Building – Restaurant, Auditorium, Conference Centre, School of Professional Accountancy (Opened in 2006)
  • Design Studio (Opened in 2007)

Expansion and developments[edit]

Over the years Griffith College has expanded beyond its base in Dublin.

Having previously established its Professional Accountancy Programmes in Cork in 2000, offering training in ACCA, CIMA, CPA and IATI, Griffith College acquired Skerry's College Cork in 2005, forming Griffith College Cork the college runs a variety of full- and part-time courses in Business, Law, Media & Communications, Design, Secretarial and Office skills.

In 2006 Griffith College opened in Limerick with the acquisition of the Mid West Business Institute, creating Griffith College Limerick. In 2009 Griffith College Limerick moved into new premises which were officially opened by the Minister of Defence Willie O'Dea T.D. on 23 January 2009.[40]

There is also one campus based in Moscow which mainly offers accountancy courses.

In 2009 the Professional Law courses were made available completely online – such as the FE1 and IILEX courses.[41]

In Spring 2013 Griffith College Cork expanded to a 5.3 acre campus on Wellington Road, Cork City, on the former site of St. Patrick's Hospital and Marymount Hospice. The Campus is called 'Griffith College Cork, Wellington Road Campus'. Teaching commenced at the Wellington Road campus in Summer 2013 with an English Language Residential School. From August 2013 all evening undergraduate, postgraduate, short-term and professional programmes in the areas of Law, Business, Journalism and Media Communications, Accountancy and Drama moved to the facility.

St. Patrick's Hospital and Marymount Hospice occupied this building until 2011, when, 141 years after it first opened its doors, the institution relocated all of its services to new premises at Curraheen in Cork.[citation needed]


The college graduation ceremonies take place over two days each November in the Conference Center. In previous years the ceremony took place in Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 2004 and 2005, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin the year before that.

The 2002 graduation was addressed by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Education Minister Noel Dempsey address the 2003 Graduation[42] and in 2005 justice minister Michael McDowell addressed Law graduates. In attendance are graduates with their families and friends, representatives of Validation Bodies, as well as political and diplomatic dignitaries.
At the graduation ceremony there are prizes awarded such as HETAC Student of the Year Award and Best Academic Achievements for each faculty and school.


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  2. ^ CPA – Approved Educators Archived 18 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ACCA Platinum Status Archived 20 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ACCA CPD registered course provider Archived 6 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Wood, Kieron (17 October 2004). "An Educating Business". Sunday Business Post. Archived from the original on 14 May 2005.
  6. ^ "On the Trail of the Innocent" by Michelle McDonagh, Irish Times, 26 May 2009.
  7. ^ George Hook interviewing David Langwallner about the Innocence Project, The Right Hook, Newstalk, 26 May 2009
  8. ^ DNS testing project offers fresh hope to the wrongfully convicted by Michelle McDonagh, Irish Times Weekend Review, 27 February 2010
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  35. ^ Dunlop officially told that he's a lawyer unto himself by Nicola Anderson, Irish Independent, Wednesday 14 November 2007
  36. ^ Frankly Vaughan by Ewan MacKenna, Sunday Tribune Sport, 23 November 2008
  37. ^ London Calling – Laura Whitmore, Hotpress 2 December 2008
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