St Patrick's College, Dublin

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DCU Drumcondra
Coláiste Phádraig
St Pats College Drumcondra.jpg
DCU drumcondra
Latin: Collegii Sancti Patricii
Motto Intellectum da mihi, Domine
Motto in English
Give me understanding, Lord
Type Roman Catholic
Established 1875
Affiliation Congregation of the Mission (1883–1999)
President Dr. Daire Keogh
Students 2,400 (2016)
Location Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
53°22′14″N 6°15′16″W / 53.370425°N 6.254396°W / 53.370425; -6.254396Coordinates: 53°22′14″N 6°15′16″W / 53.370425°N 6.254396°W / 53.370425; -6.254396
Campus Urban
Colours Blue, white and yellow             
Nickname DCU
Affiliations National University of Ireland (1975–95)
Dublin City University (1995–2016)
Sports Hurling, Gaelic football, camogie

St Patrick's College (Irish: Coláiste Phádraig), latterly formally known as DCU Drumcondra, was a third level institution, located in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland. The college founded in 1875, with a Roman Catholic ethos. It was the largest primary teacher training college in Ireland, with 2,000 students. The college offered a number of undergraduate courses, primarily in primary education and arts, and postgraduate courses, primarily in education and languages.

As of 30 September 2016, the college, along with Mater Dei Institute of Education, All Hallows College, and the Church of Ireland College of Education, was incorporated into Dublin City University, with the institutions forming DCU's fifth faculty, 'The DCU Institute of Education'. All humanities-based courses were then absorbed by DCU's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


The college was established at 1–2 Drumcondra Road in 1875, moving to the Belvedere House in 1883 following the purchase by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, when the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian) community took over the running of the College. In its first 25 years over 2,000 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.[1] 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.[2] In May 2012, it was announced that there would be a €40 million investment in facilities at the college to provide for 2,500 students.[3] Dr Daire Keogh of the history department is the 14th President of the college, taking over from Dr Pauric Travers, in September 2012.[4] 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)[5] when the vincentians came to the college, Fr Jerome Twomey CM (1942-1948), and Dr Donal Cregan CM (1957-1976).

Belvedere House[edit]

Notable buildings on the campus include Belvedere House which was built c.1660 by Sir Robert Booth, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.

Residents of the house included:

The Congregation of Christian Brothers established a noviciate in the house prior to transferring to Coláiste Mhuire Marino in 1875, they sold Belvedere House to Cardinal Cullen for £3000 for the establishment of the College..

Faculty and Departments[edit]

The College is divided into two faculties, 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[edit]

  • Education
  • Religious Studies and Education
  • Special Education

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

  • English
  • Irish (Roinn na Gaeilge)
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Human Development

Student's Services and Students Union[edit]

St Pat's provides a variety of student services such as Careers advice, Access, Mature Students Support, Alumni Medical and Welfare Services and an International Office. The College also has a 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 Students' Union is made up of two sabbatical positions;'President' and 'Vice President and Welfare' and seven non-sabbatical positions; Clubs & Socs Officer, Education Officer, Ents Officer, Equality Officer, Oifigeach na Gaeilge, International Officer and Women's Officer. In 2015, students voted to change the structure of the SU. The new SU for the academic year 2015/16 will be made up of 2 sabbatical positions; 'President' and 'Vice President Welfare and Ents' as well as seven non-sabbatical positions; Clubs Officer, Day Time Activities Officer, Education Officer, International Officer, Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Mature's Officer, and Societies Officer.[6]

Erins Hope[edit]

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;

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