A word from the Principal


Updated on 27th Nov  2014

St. Patrick’s College has a proud tradition of educating boys in the Cavan region for almost 140 years. We are a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School with Gospel values at the core of school life.
At St. Patrick’s College we deliver high quality, progressive and holistic education. We encourage and expect our students to realise their individual and collective potential within a supportive environment. Having recently moved into a new €10.5million state of the art facility we are now offering the broadest possible curriculum in order to provide for the diverse needs of our pupils.

We offer students a team of top class committed teachers who are dedicated to a culture of excellence where helping students discover and achieve their dreams are at the heart of what we do. In St. Patrick’s College your son will be presented with many opportunities and they will be encouraged to actively participate in school life. We are very proud of the academic progress and achievements of our students. A history of excellent Junior and Leaving Cert results exists. In recent years between fifteen and twenty percent of our pupils are achieving more than 500 points in the Leaving Cert. A very high percentage of our students attend third level and have excelled in wide variety of careers.

I look forward to welcoming parents and their prospective students to our school.

School Principal – Mr Christopher Rowley

Phone  049-4361888


Pounding, Praying, Playing:  A personal account of boarding in St. Pat’s Cavan.
By Liam Mc Niffe.

Pounding, Praying, Playing:  A personal account of boarding in St. Pat’s Cavan.

Former student and retired principal of St. Patrick’s College Cavan, Dr. Liam Mc Niffe has written a factual but very personal account of his two years as a senior pupil in the college, 1972-74.

It will be available in shops in Cavan, Leitrim and Meath from Monday 8 December or by email from the author, mcniffeliam1 @gmail.com. Details regarding the particular outlets in each town selling the book and its price will be posted on this site in the near future.

Former pupil (1959-64) and retired Irish Ambassador, Frank Cogan has written the Foreword to the book which is available on this link.  Also available on the link  is the author’s Preface which gives more detail about the contents of the book.

For more information please click on this link.


OPEN/ENROLMENT  evening for academic year 2015-16 was held on 23rd October.
If you were unable to attend,  you can obtain an application form from the School Office.

Enrolment Process

  • Application forms available from the College.
  • Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 14th November.
  • Applications submitted after this date will be considered ‘Late Applications’.
  • Offers of places will issue from Monday 24th November.
  • Admissions policy available on this website.
The following items are required to enrol:

  • Completed enrolment form
  • Recent passport size photo
  • Original birth cert
  • PPS number
  • Mobile number for text service





Pictured below is Jamie Reilly with Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal) after Jamie received his outstanding results.  Jamie attained 10 A’s in his Junior Certificate Examinations.
More Junior Cert photos on News 2014 page.


St Patrick’s College wins 2014 Community and Council Awards.

St Patrick’s College were the proud recipients of two awards last Saturday night February 1st from LAMA (The Local Authority Members Association) 2014 Community and Council Awards. These awards commends individuals, groups and private companies for their outstanding contributions and projects that benefit local communities.

Pictured above for Best Educational Building Award
are, Leon Lynch, Councillor Irene Winters, Dr Liam McNiffe
(retired principal), Christopher Rowley (principal) and Councillor Hugh McElvaney.

St Patrick’s College were represented on the night by Mr Christopher Rowley (principal), Dr Liam McNiffe (retired principal) and Mr Leon Lynch (staff member). St Pat’s won their category “Best Educational Building”, a building which realises the managements and staffs vision of a 21st century educational facility. It enhances existing facilities from its striking entrance through to the two storey triangular layout which allows for ease of navigation, an abundance of natural light and a stimulating environment that compliments the educational ethos of St Pat’s. Later on in the awards ceremony St Pat’s went on to win the Grand Prix category. This is a special commendation for outstanding excellence.