Teaching and Learning
Explore our teaching and learning spaces
This chapter will help you find your way around our Limerick and Thurles campuses. Take some time to look around our buildings and teaching spaces.
Follow our guides Aisling and James as they explore the Limerick campus and show you around our range of lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, computer labs and other teaching spaces.
Founded in 1898, initially as a teacher-training college, the MIC Limerick campus has come a long way since the first students stepped through its doors. MIC is now a thoroughly modern institution, delivering a variety of education and liberal arts programmes to over 5,000 students. Our teaching spaces maintain a historic charm with period buildings and fixtures, but also boast contemporary facilities like the TARA Building, Lime Tree Theatre and Tailteann Sports Complex to complement the vibrant student experience. MIC Limerick is a strong fixture in both the local community and the national educational landscape.
Explore the Limerick Campus Buildings
MIC may be the oldest third-level college in Limerick, but the transformation of the campus over the last 20 years shows a drive to offer the best amenities possible. Take a look around each of the buildings on the Limerick campus.
The four-storey TARA Building (Teaching, Recreational and Auditorium space) is the home of dozens of state-of-the-art lecture and tutorial spaces, computer labs and simulated classrooms.
John Henry Newman Campus
The John Henry Newman campus is home to the Research & Graduate School and a number of other MIC offices and services.
Tailteann Sports Complex
Perched on the side of a full-size GAA pitch, the Tailteann Sports Complex houses a basketball court, indoor soccer courts, badminton courts, volleyball courts, table-tennis facilities, weights room, dance studios, teaching gyms and changing room facilities.
MIC's rich history and contemporary vigour can be seen in the original main structure, the Foundation Building. The first stone was laid in 1899 and it is still in full use today for teaching, office space, and dining.
Browse the Limerick campus map to find out where all these buildings are located.
MIC’s Limerick Campus has undergone many changes over the years, not least in its infrastructure and campus. The College is currently engaged in a process of Campus Master Planning to map out directions in which the campus may grow in the future.
Teaching and Learning - MIC Thurles Campus
Explore our Thurles teaching and learning spaces
Get to know the teaching and learning spaces on the MIC Thurles campus. Philip and Ciara will show you around each room in the main building.
Established in 1837 as a second-level school, the MIC Thurles main building became a major seminary a few decades later and remained so until the early 2000s. St Patrick's College (as it was known before it was incorporated by MIC in 2016) welcomed back lay students to its first Bachelor of Arts programme in 1988 and the first BA in Education degree began in 2003. Though the campus still has its original 19th century buildings, much of the site has been completely refurbished and refitted to the highest modern standards in recent years. From the spacious, manicured grounds to the first-rate academic provision to the warm ambiance, MIC Thurles provides an ideal setting to pursue higher education.
MIC Thurles Campus
Founded in the 1830s, the main building has been expanded and modernised over the years but maintains its original character in spaces like the reception area, refectory (canteen) and many fixtures and fittings throughout.
The quality of the lectures here at MIC Thurles is amazing. The class sizes are small and the lecturers are available to answer any questions you may have.