Saint Kierans College

Colllege Road , Kilkenny , Co. Kilkenny

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About Saint Kierans College

Saint Kierans College is located at Colllege Road in Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.

Saint Kieran's College was founded in 1782, follwoing the passing of the Relief Act of 1782. This act permitted Catholics to found schools for the first time since the Irish penal laws were introduced. Saint Kieran's was founded as the diocesan school of Ossory and was the first of its kind in the country.

It was first located at Burrell's Hall, James Street, Kilkenny and later moved to this fine neo-Gothic building in 1836 designed by William Dean Butler.

As well as being a secondary school, the college also houses the NUI Maynooth Adult Education "Outreach Campus".

The Carrigan Room houses an archive of local historic material which is a rich source of information for ecclesiastical scholars.

Image © Copyright Humphrey Bolton and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons.

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