A word from the Principal

Updated 17/11/2017

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 a 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


Mission Statement

St Patrick’s College, Cavan has at its heart the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.
It is a school where Gospel values are central to all areas of school life, a school which cares for the faith and personal development of each student and reaches out to the Catholic and wider Christian community.
This College strives to provide a rich and diverse curriculum, catering for the needs of each individual student, in a safe and secure environment. It strives for excellence in areas of creative arts and sport, social concern and spiritual values. Students are encouraged and challenged to realise their full potential as human beings.
The College is an inclusive and respectful community, welcoming students of all denominations and of none.



Friends of St Patrick’s College was recently launched with a view to complete five up-grade/building projects over the next five years. Your financial support would be gratefully appreciated.
If you have not received a Project Pack but would like to support this well deserved initiative please contact the college for a contribution form.
This is a long term project which will enhance the school life of all students attending St Pat’s.

email: chrisrowley@edu.stpatscavan.ie

Our six projects briefly outlined. Your support would be much appreciated.










Congratulations to Shane Maguire and Ronan Mascarenhas on winning joint Student of the Year Award. They are pictured here with Ms Lorraine Cartwright (Year Head), Bishop Leo Reilly, Mr John O'Shea (Deputy Principal) and Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal).
Congratulations to Shane Maguire and Ronan Mascarenhas on winning joint Student of the Year Award. They are pictured here with Ms Lorraine Cartwright (Year Head), Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Mr John O’Shea (Deputy Principal) and Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal). More Grad night photos on News2017 page.





St Pat's Cavan 3rd year academic achievers 2017.
Congratulations to our four third year winners of the College Academic Achievement awards. Pictured is Mr O’Shea (deputy Principal), Daniel Rowley (Overall Winner), Aaron Galligan (winner), Mr Smith (Year Head), Odhrán Maguire (winner), Mazharul Choudhury (winner) and Mr Rowley (Principal).

NUIM Junior Certificate Business Awards 2017

NUIM Junior Certificate Business Awards 2017
NUIM Junior Certificate Business Awards 2017
Pictured above is Luke Murphy, representing the students, with Principal Mr Christopher Rowley receiving the ward on behalf of St Patrick’s College.
Also in picture is Vice-President Prof. Aidan Mulkeen and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science Prof. Maurice Devlin.

Special Awards to Three Junior Certificate Students 2016. 


Professor Philip Nolan, President Maynooth University with students Barry Conaty, Barry Fay, Mrs Lorraine Cartright  ( Business Studies Teacher), and Oisin Kelly. These three students received awards for excellent Junior Certificate Results in Business Studies in their 2015 Junior Certificate Exams from Maynooth University.

St Patrick’s College success in Community and Council Awards.

St Patrick’s College were the proud recipients of two awards from LAMA (The Local Authority Members Association)  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 Patrick’s college achieved a first in 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 Patrick’s College.

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.



St Patrick's College, Cavan is a boys secondary school.