Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn
Established 1971
President Paul Hannigan
Registrar Billy Bennett
Students 5,000
Address Port Road, Letterkenny, Ireland., Letterkenny, Ireland
Website http://www.lyit.ie
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Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) (Irish: Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn), formerly the Regional Technical College, Letterkenny and still occasionally referred to as The Regional, particularly by aged citizens, is a third level institution serving County Donegal and the north-west of Ireland. Based at Letterkenny, County Donegal, it is today one of the largest places of third level education anywhere in Ulster.[citation needed]


The institute is one of the original network of Regional Technical Colleges established in Ireland. Tourism College Killybegs is a school of the institute in accordance with the Institutes of Technology Act 2006.

The institute was also referred to as Donogh O'Malley Regional Technical College, Letterkenny, until 1992, in honour of Donogh O'Malley, T.D., the reforming Minister for Education.

In 2007, LYIT came joint second with Tallaght IT to the Galway-Mayo IT in The Sunday Times University Guide 2007, which ranks the top universities and IT's. This shows the part Letterkenny has played in the development of the North-West. Letterkenny also has the country's best record for providing third-level education to disadvantaged students.[1][2]


The institute offers courses in business, law, computing, engineering, nursing, veterinary nursing, design and science. The courses are offered at levels 6 through 10 on the NQAI framework. Courses are offered in a semesterised and modularised method. Specialist courses that may be found in LYIT include the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Technology [3] which is the only one of its kind in Ireland, other specialist degrees also include Bachelor of Science (Hons) In Analytical and Forensic Science. The Institute is one of only two institutes in Ireland to offer degrees approved by the King's Inns. The BA (Hons) in law has been approved degree status by the society.[4] The Institute also co-operates closely on many courses and much research with Magee College, part of the University of Ulster, in nearby Derry.

The institute also offers support for businesses through specialised short term courses, collaborative research and the Co-Lab.


The college offers various sports teams. In 2012, the LYIT Ladies Basketball team was awarded Team of the Year at the Annual Sports and Clubs Awards Night.

It is the only Republic of Ireland Institute of Technology (I.T.) to be located in Ulster.

Schools and Departments[edit]

  • School of Business
    • Department of Business Studies
    • Department of Law & Humanities
    • Department of Design & Creative Media
  • School of Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering & Construction
    • Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Science
    • Department of Computing
    • Department of Science
    • Department of Nursing
  • School of Tourism
    • Department of Gastronomy & Culinary Arts
    • Department of Hospitality & Tourism

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