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Why MIC, St Patrick's Campus Thurles? 

Why choose MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles over other colleges in Ireland? We think there are lots of reasons that give us the edge, not just the fact that our concurrent teacher education courses mean you will be a fully qualified secondary school teacher after four years.



  • Academic excellence through the provision of values-led, quality teaching with an emphasis on critical and reflective thinking.
  • Dynamic and engaging lecturers
  • Highly sought-after programmes
  • Respect for others and the dignity of the individual, inclusiveness, compassion and integrity.
  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • Small class size
  • Amazing student support facilities
  • Top class sports facilities

About Thurles

Thurles is a vibrant and prosperous town on the River Suir in County Tipperary nestled in the heart of the beautiful Suir Valley and surrounded by the Silvermines Mountains to the north-west and the Slieveardagh Hills to the south-east.

With a population of over 8,000 people, Thurles gets its name from the Irish word Durles Eile Fhogartaigh meaning the strong fort of the O’Fogarty’s of Eile which formed part of the O’Fogarty stronghold, during the twelfth century.

Modern day Thurles has grown from its early beginnings to a thriving hub of shops and businesses. It also has on offer a wide variety of facilities, including two historic museums St Mary’ Famine and War Museum and Lar na Pairce GAA Museum. Thurles is the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association, founded in 1884 in Hayes’ Hotel. Local Semple Stadium is Ireland’s second largest sports arena with a capacity for 60,000 people, second only to Croke Park Stadium, Dublin.

Thurles boasts many excellent cultural and recreational facilities including The Source Arts Centre, Tipperary’s most exciting cultural & entertainment venue presenting music, dance, comedy, film, children's events, visual art & more. Horse and greyhound racing, soccer, rugby, cycling, golf, angling, hockey and swimming are all catered for.

The town has a proud history in primary, secondary and third level education and prides itself on its high quality of education.  

St. Patrick's College, Thurles, is a charitable institution operating under the patronage of the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. The College opened as an educational institution in September 1837, offering second level education in the humanities, with a limited contribution from the sciences, to students wishing to prepare for priesthood as well as careers in business and other professions.


St. Patrick's College, Thurles, was a charitable institution operating under the patronage of the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. The College opened as an educational institution in September 1837, offering second level education in the humanities, with a limited contribution from the sciences, to students wishing to prepare for priesthood as well as careers in business and other professions.

In 1842 a Philosophy Department was added to the College. Prevailing poverty and hardship caused by the Famine temporarily inhibited the development of St. Patrick’s College. However, by the middle of the 1860s, the College had developed into a major seminary with the addition of a full Theological Faculty.During its long history of service to education, St. Patrick’s College has contributed significantly to society and Church here in Ireland, throughout the rest of the English-speaking world and further afield. Upwards of fifteen hundred graduates of St. Patrick’s College have served as priests in dioceses in Ireland and throughout the English-speaking world. Many more received part of their formation in St. Patrick’s College before transferring to colleges abroad to complete their education.

Until recent decades, the majority of our graduates have ministered abroad. In the mid 1970s that trend was reversed with most opting for ministry in Ireland. While noted for its significant contribution as a major seminary, St. Patrick’s College has also maintained an extern department almost without interruption since its foundation. Lay students, first as boarders and thereafter as day scholars, continued to receive a general education in St. Patrick’s until 1907. From 1909 until 1986 students from the nearby Pallottine College pursued their professional studies for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College.

The introduction of a BA Theology degree in 1988 meant that, once again, St. Patrick’s College welcomed lay students to the College. Besides offering full-time academic programmes, the College has and continues to serve as a centre for theological, pastoral and spiritual renewal in the region. The College regularly offers short renewal courses to laity, clergy and religious. Since reopening the lay department in 1988, a number of graduates have been making a valuable contribution to education, especially religious education, in second level schools.

Changes in society and Church over recent decades suggested the need for innovative developments in St. Patrick’s College to respond appropriately to present and future educational, pastoral and spiritual needs in the region. In view of this, the College began offering a three year part-time degree in theology, accredited by HETAC, in 2003. This degree was aimed primarily at adults who wanted to further their education in theology. The programme built on the training, experience and expertise candidates already possess in faith education.

The College has been running a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies since 2003 and held its first graduation for students of this course in 2008. The success of this programme and a demand for Irish and Religious studies degrees prompted the introduction of a second full-time teacher education degree – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education, Irish and Religious Studies in 2009. Further Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degrees in Education, Business Studies and Accounting and in Education, Irish and Business Studies were also added in subsequent years. In 2016 St. Patrick's College was incorporated by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and is now the MIC, St. Patrick's Campus Thurles.



                Cost of Living

Going to college in Thurles is much more affordable than attending a college in one of Ireland's larger towns or cities. There is ample accommodation available within walking distance of the college. Self-catering accommodation is available from as little as €55 per week. Full board accommodation is available from as little as €100 per week. Further accomodation information can be found here.


  Getting There

 As Thurles Railway Station is on the inter-city line, there is an excellent train service with direct connections to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Killarney. Express buses, operated by Bus Éireann, also call to the railway station. Private bus companies also operate services linking the town with Clonmel, Nenagh, and Roscrea. Details of schedules are available locally at Thurles Train Station.

For more public transport information please contact;

  • Bus Éireann Phone: (061) 315222,
  • Thurles Train Station Phone: (0504) 21733,
  • Kavanagh's Bus Service Phone: (056) 8831213,
  • Shamrock Bus Service, Thurles Phone: (0504) 21622.


Sports and Recreation @ MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles

Sports, recreation and student societies are highly valued in MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles. A state-of-the-art Gaelic pitch has recently been completed on campus. Facilities also include tennis, basketball courts and a handball alley. GAA scholarships are offered to students in recognition of GAA achievement and to facilitate further sporting development. A public swimming pool and gymnasium are located adjacent to the campus and offer very competitive rates to students. Students can also relax in a purpose built recreational room with a plasma TV.


Applications for all MIC Thurles Campus programmes can be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. Details of the application procedures are provided in the CAO Handbook, see www.cao.ie

Closing Date and Fees For CAO Applications (All fees are Non - refundable)

Normal Application (online or paper) €40 1 Feb 2016  (5:15pm)
Online discounted rate €30 20 Jan 2016 (5:15pm)
Late online application €60 1 May 2016  (5:15pm)
Late paper application €80 1 May 2016  (5:15pm)
Change of mind Nil 1 July 2016  (5:15pm)

Mature Students

To be eligible to compete for a place as a mature student applicants must be over 23 years of age on the 1st January of the year of entry. Mature applicants should apply through the CAO by February 1st. Late applicants may be considered up to May 1st.

Further Information

Paula Hourigan
Tel: +353 0504 21201
Email: Phourigan@mic.ul.ie

Student Recruitment Officer
Patrick Cosgrove
Tel: +353 61 774775
Email: Patrick.Cosgrove@mic.ul.ie


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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