NUI-English-1-300x171The pioneering role of NUI Maynooth in broadening the horizons of adult education in Ireland is widely recognised. A milestone in recent years was the development of a new initiative in 1997 – the establishment of the University’s first Outreach Campus at St. Kieran’s College in Kilkenny under the aegis of the Department of Adult and Community Education, NUI Maynooth.

The Campus provides opportunities for people over 23 years of age from all over the south east to access accredited third level courses.  This allows many students to gain or return to employment, or to undertake continuing professional development relevant to their career path.  Just as importantly, perhaps, these programmes offer participants an opportunity to explore new fields of interest, and encourage them to grow as thinking, questioning and critical individuals.

As well as the flagship BA in Local and Community Studies, which involves nine Departments of NUI Maynooth, the Campus also offers a range of shorter Certificate and Diploma programmes including Counselling, Addiction Studies, Spanish, Creative Writing for Publication, Irish and Philosophy.

In 2010 the Campus expanded its offering to provide postgraduate programmes in Adult and Community Education which can be taken part time up to Masters level.

To complement the accredited offerings, the Campus is developing a series of  non-accredited short courses in a number of areas including Philosophy and English Literature and a range of teg (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) courses in the Irish Language from absolute beginners level to intermediate.

Great emphasis has been placed on ensuring that the Campus commands a high level of local ownership. A locally representative Steering Committee is in place to foster local engagement with the Campus, local relevance and local support.

Students find the friendly, learner- centred atmosphere; the excellent student support and the excellent facilities, including a  library and IT Room all conducive to getting the best out of their time at the Campus  both in terms of personal development and third level qualifications.  So far over 1100 people from Kilkenny and the surrounding area have received a third level qualification through Kilkenny Campus.

For further information please contact Tel: 056 777 59100/ 7775919/ 087 2630999 or Email

More information on all our courses and on the Campus can be found at

Key Dates

Monday 1st
School reopens for Leaving Cert Students
Friday 5th
St Kieran’s Day Mass
Wednesday 17th
School Closed (St Patrick’s Day)
Friday 26th (1.00 pm)
Easter Holidays begin
Monday 12th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 22nd (7.00 pm)
3rd Year Parents Information Evening for TY
Monday 3rd
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 4th
School Closed (Free Day)
Friday 28th
Last day of school for all students
Wednesday 9th
Leaving Cert Examinations Begin

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the above times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

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