Statement by Rev Dr Dermot Ryan, President of Saint Kieran’s College, Kilkenny

17 Nov 2015

“Saint Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills concerning the future of second-level schools in Kilkenny” – Rev Dr Dermot Ryan

“Saint Kieran’s College is Ireland’s oldest Catholic Secondary School.  From its foundation in 1782, it has played a vital educational role in Kilkenny City and throughout the Diocese of Ossory.  Since 1979, Saint Kieran’s has worked closely with the ETB (Education and Training Board) to facilitate the best possible options for the education of all students in Kilkenny.  This arrangement has been successful thanks to the immense work of the staff and the management of Saint Kieran’s College and the other schools involved.  However, with educational changes, current needs and growing demands, it became obvious that the arrangement is unsustainable.  With this in mind, I have as President of Saint Kieran’s – on behalf of the Bishop of Ossory and Patron, Séamus Freeman SAC and the Trustees of Saint Kieran’s College – decided to offer to the Department of Education and Skills a site for the relocation of two schools for Kilkenny City.

“The offer of this site for ETB schools continues the tradition of the commitment of the Diocese of Ossory and Saint Kieran’s College to excellence in education in Kilkenny City and surrounding area.  It facilitates choice and real opportunity for students and parents.”


  • Further information: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan, President, Saint Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. Telephone:  056 7721086, 086 6097483, [email protected]
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