St. Pat’s gets go ahead for four teaching degrees

St Patrick's College President Fr Tom Fogarty pictured with Jimmy Duggan and students at St Patrick's College.
St Patrick’s College in Thurles has received a major pre-Christmas boost with the news that sacntioning has been given for the in-take of four teaching degree courses in September 2014.

St Patrick’s College in Thurles has received a major pre-Christmas boost with the news that sacntioning has been given for the in-take of four teaching degree courses in September 2014.

The four year courses will commence at the beginning of the College year and represents a major step forward for the institution which currently has 260 full time, and 100 part time, students.

The courses have been accredited by the University of Limerick and are approved by the Teaching Council of Ireland. And, with Thurles capable of catering, in a most competitive manner, with students seeking accommodation, St Patrick’s College is perfectly placed to welcome a large group of first years - rent in Thurles works out at between 50-60 Euro per week and is far more competitive than other areas for student accommodation.

“This is really great news for us and I would like to publicly acknowledge the role played by Deputy Noel Coonan TD in helping us to secure this. We regard our College as being a home from home for students and it is a great fit for parents and students alike who wish to go to third level. Parents know that the students are looked after well, are prepared and trained in the best way possible and are ready for employment by the time they complete their studies here,” Rev Fr Tom Fogarty, President of St Patrick’s College said this week.

The College has a great record in students gaining employment also with eleven graduates of the Irish course last October all in employment at this stage. The record shows that they are up there with the best colleges in the country when it comes to having students in employment and it is a statistic Fr Fogarty and the 35 strong College staff are very proud of.

“Yes, we are very proud of that fact and I suppose it is a credit to the staff here that the students who completed their studies are deemed ready for employment and have gained employment. We encourage people looking ahead to third level in 2014 to see what we have to offer here and to make sure you have all the information before making decisions. You can email phourigan@stpats.ie for any further information and we will be only too delighted to help anyone out,” Fr Fogarty said.

St Pat’s has been a College of education for 126 year and this latest news ensures that it will continue to be so for the forseeable future at least.