St. Patrick’s Carlow College

Carlow College known locally as St. Patrick’s College, is Ireland’s second oldest university-level institution. Founded in 1782, it has a distinguished history as a college of teaching and research in the Humanities.

The college is located in the heart of Carlow on College Street – in the park of the eighteenth century, on the one hand from Saint Patrick’s College is the Carlow Cathedral and on the other VISUAL Center for Contemporary Art.

It is a very representative and attractive part of the city, access to visitors from College Street allows you to visit the College, its park, Art Center and Cathedral.

Saint Patrick’s College was founded in 1782 by Dr. James Keefe, then by the Catholic Bishop Kildare and Leighlin and his co-adjutant Bishop Daniel Delana, opened to students in 1793. Currently, over 700 people, both lay and clerical, are educated there. Carlow College is proud of its long history, educating generations of politicians, priests, writers and public officials who were leaders in the society of their time.

Lecture halls at the college are named after the famous Saint Patrick’s College graduates, e.g. John England Hall comes from the first Bishop of Charleston, USA (1820/42), John Therry Hall commemorates the Australian Church pioneer, Paul Cullen Hall – the first cardinal in Ireland. Famous lay graduates include: James Fintan Lalor, John O’Leary and Frank O’Meara impressionist painter.

The central part of the building was the earliest – it was almost 37 meters long. The extension and new college plan was initiated in 1817 by architect Thomas Cobden. The southern wing was added in 1819. The main north wing was built in 1821 and 1835 on a much larger scale. The front facade is very different from the original building, and the large hall with a semicircular apse in the College chapel is now called Cobden Hall and is used to organize college and public events.

On the occasion of the centenary of the university, the Chapel of the Sacred Heart was erected, which now functions as the College Library. An exhibition on the history of the university can be seen in the corridor leading to the Library.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the university’s opening – a large cross was erected in front of the College – and in front of the cross is a modern sculpture designed by the German artist Paul Scheidner – the so-called “Sun Stone” (I think that during the summer solstice the shadow of the cross falls on the stone).

Motto: Carlow College – The Key to Your Future.

The university has partnerships with Carlow University, Pittsburgh, St Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and Trinity College in Dublin.

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