Griffith College Dublin

Griffith College (Irish: Coláiste Uí Ghríofa) is one of the two largest, and one of the longest established private third level (higher education) college in Ireland.

Griffith College Ireland
Coláiste Uí Ghríofa, Baile Átha Cliath
Griffith College Ireland logo.jpg
TypePrivate/Independent Higher Education College
Established1974; 46 years ago (1974)
PresidentDiarmuid Hegarty
CampusDublin City Centre Urban, 7 acres (2.8 ha)
AffiliationsHETAC (now known as QQI), HECA, ACCA, King's Inns

About Griffith College IrelandEdit

Griffith College Dublin Clock Tower

Established in 1974, with four campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Griffith College is one of the two largest independent higher education institutions in Ireland, with a student population of around 7,000 with 1,400 overseas students from over 77 countries. It is named after the former Griffith Barracks on the South Circular Road in Dublin

Front of Griffith College Dublin

The 7-acre Dublin campus is five minutes from the city centre, where Griffith College has an additional campus. Student Halls of Residence are located on campus, close to the library, creative studios, the student bar and restaurant, gym facilities and the Students Union.

Griffith College runs full and part-time degree and higher education qualifications in Law, Accountancy, Business, Computing Science, Journalism, Media, TV Production, Film Production, Design, Fashion, Music and Drama.

The college offers professional accountancy programmes for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), ACA, CPA and IATI,[1] Griffith College is a goldStar CPA approved Educator.[2]
The ACCA has awarded Griffith College Dublin the Platinum accreditation – the highest recognition by the ACCA,[3] and is also an ACCA CPD registered course provider.[4]

The Griffith College Dublin campus is the home of the Leinster School of Music & Drama. Established in 1904, the Leinster School offer theory classes in Music & Drama to groups and individuals subject to availability. The Leinster School is also an examining body and have a Theory Examinations Syllabus with levels from Preparatory to Grade 8.

History of Griffith CollegeEdit

The college was established in 1974 by Diarmuid Hegarty and incorporated in 1978 as the Business and Accounting Training (BAT). Originally located on Morehampton Road, in 1991 the Business and Accounting College moved from Milltown Park, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, to the Griffith Barracks site changed its name to Griffith College Dublin.

In 1979 Griffith College was designated as being an institution under the Irish Government's National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) Act.
In 1990 the first degree course was offered by Griffith College in Computer Science and it was validated by the University of Ulster. In 1992 it was followed by a Business Studies degree,[5] this arrangement ceased in 1996 and the degrees were validated by Irish National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) the predecessor of HETAC.

In 1992 the Tiernan Design School moved to the Griffith Campus becoming the Griffith College Faculty of Design. In the late 1990s Newman College, Dublin became part of Griffith College.

In 2005, Griffith College Dublin merged with Skerry's College to form Griffith College Cork. Skerry's College had been active in Cork since 1884.

In September 2006 Griffith College Dublin merged with the Mid-West Business Institute to form Griffith College Limerick.

City Centre CampusEdit

In 2018 Griffith College opened a Dublin City Centre campus, the second campus in Dublin and fourth in Ireland. Dublin City Centre offers professional development courses and workshops in a variety of fields such as communications, child-care, mindfulness, and time management.

Griffith College FacultiesEdit

Griffith College Dublin campus green.

The College is divided into a number of faculties:

  • Faculty of Business
  • Graduate School of Business
  • The School of Professional Accountancy
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science
  • The Professional Law School
  • Faculty of Computing Science
  • Faculty of Journalism & Media Communications
  • Faculty of Design
  • The Leinster School of Music & Drama
  • Faculty of Training & Education
  • Corporate Training
  • Short Courses
  • Griffith Institute of Language

Faculty of Law & the Professional Law SchoolEdit

Griffith College Dublin is home to Ireland's largest law school, incorporating the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional Law Schools.

An aerial view of Griffith College Dublin campus

Griffith College Law School Innocence ProjectEdit

In September 2009, David Langwallner, Dean of Law, founded the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College.

The Irish Innocence Project reviews claims of wrongful conviction and miscarriages of justice in Ireland.[6] It is based on the famous Innocence Project in the USA.[7]

Final-year law students, drawn from Griffith, Trinity College Dublin and DCU, work with qualified and practising barristers, who in turn are working closely with the Griffith Dean of Law, to give post-conviction reviews of cases. Currently there are 20 active files and cases going back before the courts.[8]

The Irish Innocence Project (Irish: Tionscadal Neamhchiontachta na hÉireann) was launched officially by Dr.Greg Hampikian, director of the Idaho Innocence Project and DNA expert for the Georgia Innocence Project in March 2010.

School of Professional AccountancyEdit

Griffith College works with several local and international partners to offer professional courses in areas of accounting.[9]

Association of Chartered Certified AccountantsEdit

Griffith College holds a platinum status Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accreditation and offers courses in the following areas:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)[10]
  • ACCA - Computer Based Exams[11]
  • ACCA Diploma in Accounting & Business[12]

Certified Public AccountantsEdit

Griffith College also a Goldstar CPA Approved Educator[13], offering Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification and preparation programmes. These include:

  • CPA (Certified Public Accountants)[14]
  • CPA - Computer Based Exams[15]
  • CPA -Certificate in Business & Accounting[16]
  • CPA Certified Tax Adviser (CTax)[17]

Accounting Technicians IrelandEdit

Additionally, Griffith College is a licensed college provider by Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) and offers an ATI membership qualification course[18].

Science without BordersEdit

Griffith College Dublin welcomed students from Brazil through the Science Without Borders programme. The Brazilian government aimed to place over 100,000 Brazilian students in higher education institutions worldwide from 2011 to 2015.
As part of the Science Without Borders programme, which was partly funded by the Brazilian government, Griffith College had offered a variety of undergraduate courses to the students.

Annual Creative WeekEdit

The Creative Week[19] takes place annually and showcase the student work of the creative disciplines, Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Fashion Design, TV & Video production, Photography, Digital Media, Sound Engineering, Journalism and Visual Media.[20]

International University Collaborations & the Erasmus SchemeEdit

Griffith College is partnered with a number of international universities in Norway, Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, USA, Mexico, Brazil, India, Korea and China.

Griffith College Dublin is a participant in the Erasmus / Socrates mobility programmes.

The Irish Higher Education System & Griffith CollegeEdit

There are seven publicly funded universities in Ireland and 14 Institutes of Technology. There are also a number of independent higher education colleges and universities. Griffith College is one of the latter.[21]

International Recognition & the Bologna ProcessEdit

Ireland is a member of the Bologna Process (a European reform process aimed at creating the European Higher Education Area which in turn improves transparency between higher education systems, as well as implementing tools to facilitate recognition of degrees and academic qualifications, mobility, and exchanges between institutions across Europe).
Griffith College is an active promoter of the Bologna Process[22]

The generic outcomes for Irish degrees are laid out in the National Framework of Qualifications.[23]

In 2006 Ireland became the first country to verify the compatibility of its national framework with the overarching framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and Griffith College’s degree programmes adhere to this framework.[24]

Validating PartnersEdit

Griffith College works in partnership with a number of validating bodies in Ireland and the UK. This ensures that all programmes are recognised nationally and internationally.

QQI (HETAC) validationEdit

The Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC – now part of QQI) is the awarding body for Irish higher education and training institutions outside the university sector.
The international recognition, status and value of HETAC qualifications is assured as the demand for graduates continues to grow at home and abroad.[25]

HETAC complies with the standards and guidelines set by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)[26]

King's Inns RecognitionEdit

In 2004, Griffith became the first independent college in the country to have its degrees (LLB and BA in Business & Law) recognised by the Honorable Society of King's Inns.[27] for the purposes of admission to its annual entrance examinations. Having successfully completed these five examinations, students may then complete the Barrister of Law degree in just one year.[28] which is a professional qualification for practice at the bar.

Student Life at Griffith CollegeEdit

Griffith College Dublin Halls of ResidenceEdit

Overlooking Dublin's famous Grand Canal, Griffith College was originally an army barracks dating from the 1830s. Griffith Halls of Residence, commonly referred to as GHR) is located on campus and is a new apartment complex. This on-site accommodation can house 160+ students, with 24-hour security and reception. GHR is open to all students living and studying in Dublin, and is not dedicated solely to Griffith students.


During the spring students from the Journalism & Media Faculty operate a radio station from the campus,.[29] The radio station is licensed by the BAI (and the BCI before that) to broadcast for a couple of weeks.[30] This year GriffFM broadcasts on 92.1 FM from 1–15 February[31] ,[32] and will be relayed online on.[33] The station airs both hard news and music-oriented programmes produced and presented by second year journalism degree students and postgraduate journalism students.

College & Student PublicationsEdit

There are a number of college publications.[34] is the newspaper published by Journalism students, where examples of student work get published. The paper won the award for Small College Publication of the Year at the annual Oxygen Student Media (sMedia) Awards in 2005 and 2006, while Griffiti won in 2007.[35] The Griff, The Griffin, 90 Degrees and Maverick are other student publications which have been produced by degree, higher diploma and Print journalism students in the past. X-press magazine was produced in 2008 by third year journalism and media students.

Glór uí Ghríofa (The Voice of Griffith) is the official college newsletter outlining college news, developments and campus life.

Griffith College Facilities & ServicesEdit

The college facilities include Library, Common room, Computer Laboratories (248 workstations across 10 labs), CAD Lab, Photography Lab, Fitness Room, Sound Studios, Shop and Bar & Restaurant. The college also offers students a career advice service there is also a professional counsellor off campus providing an advice and counselling for personal and non-academic issues.

Library & Information ServicesEdit

The College Library provides research and study facilities to students (and to college alumni), the library holds an extensive range of set course texts and background reading material for all college programmes.

Griffith College Dublin Conference CentreEdit

Griffith Conference Center is located on the college campus. The facilities include a 575-seat Auditorium, as well as smaller Suites and Rooms for hire. The Buildings were officially opened by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in September 2006.[36] The Conference Centre has been used for a variety of functions such as conventions of political parties, medical bodies, industry groups or for television programmes such as the You're a Star auditions.[37]

Notable Griffith College Staff & GraduatesEdit

  • Journalist and Broadcaster Vincent Browne lectured in Journalism and Media at Griffith College Dublin.
  • Author Cecelia Ahern is a Journalism graduate from Griffith College.
  • Entrepreneur and Griffith College alumnus Padraig O'Feinneadha was elected president of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2006.[citation needed]
  • Will Cullen who featured in the Powerade 2007 nevergiveup campaign is a Journalism graduate of Griffith.[38]
  • Mark Butler and Neville O'Boyle founders of BabySkip studied Computing Science at Griffith College.[39]
  • Newstalk reporter Henry McKean[40] is a Journalism graduate from Griffith College.
  • RTÉ announcer Laura Woods is also a Journalism graduate.
  • Controversial former Government press secretary Frank Dunlop studied for an LLB in Irish Law, graduating in 2007.[41]
  • Dublin Gaelic footballer Mark Vaughan also studied at Griffith College.[42]
  • Dublin Opera Singer Lucy O' Byrne is a current student of Griffith Colleges Leinster School of Music has progressed to the Final of The UK Voice[43]
  • Former Greystones Councillor and Mayor, Stephen Stokes is a former Students Union president of Griffith College. Stokes also captained GCD to 1st place in both the Irish University Chess and Irish University Paintball Championships in 2005.[44]
  • Dancer Dearbhla Lennon is a Journalism graduate and 2004 Griffith Student of the Year, toured with Riverdance and won Celebrity Jigs N' Reels in 2007[45] represented Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision Dance Competition and is a reporter on The Afternoon Show[46] on RTÉ and An Jig Gig, an Irish Dance talent show on TG4.[47]
  • Griffith graduate Aoiffe Madden was a contestant on the 2009 Apprentice TV show.[48]
  • Some more recent graduates of the LSMD at Griffith College include TV Personality and MTV Presenter Laura Whitmore[49] and Niall Kinsella, finalist on the Ireland's Got Talent TV programme.
  • Eurosong 2010 Finalist, Leanne Moore, graduated with a postgraduate diploma in Journalism and Media Communications from Griffith College.[50]
  • LLB Student Sean O'Quigley won the Christina Murphy Memorial Trophy the individual prize in the Irish Times Debate 2010.[51]
  • Media and Journalism graduate, Maria Walsh (2009) won the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Walsh was elected as a MEP at the 2019 European Elections.
  • Ireland International Rugby players, Seán O'Brien, Seán Cronin, Fergus McFadden and Jordan Larmour attend the college.
  • Irish Olympian and Professional Boxer, Michael Conlan attended the college.
  • Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee, Minister for European Affairs, studied Journalism and Media Communications at Griffith.[52]
  • Techstars MD and early stage investor, Eamonn Carey[53] graduated with a degree in journalism and media communications.
  • Masters in International Business[54] graduate (2004) Kazi Mostaque Ahmed and Fine Gael Councillor for Gleccullen-Sandyford (2019)
  • Griffith Law graduate and practicing barrister Claire O'Connor elected as Dublin City County Councillor (2019)

Griffith College Dublin BuildingsEdit

  • Daniel O'Connell Building – North Wing, International Office, Accounts, DIFC, Admissions, Journalism & Media faculty, Business Faculty.
  • Arthur Griffith Building – West Wing, Reception, Lecture Rooms, Library, Fashion Design, Law Faculty, Graduate Business School.
  • Meagher Building – houses the Griffith College Students Union
  • James Stephens Building – Computer Labs, CAD Labs.
  • Richmond Building – Photography Studios, Radio & Sound Engineering Studios.
  • Wellington Building – Houses the Faculty of Computing Science, IT Department & Computer Labs.
  • Cavalry Buildings – Photography Dark Rooms.
  • Stables – Video Editing Studios.
  • Academic Facilities Building – Restaurant, Auditorium, Conference Centre, School of Professional Accountancy (Opened in 2006)
  • Design Studio (Opened in 2007)

Griffith College Expansion and DevelopmentsEdit

Over the years Griffith College has expanded beyond its base in Dublin.

Having previously established its Professional Accountancy Programmes in Cork in 2000, offering training in ACCA, CIMA, CPA and IATI, Griffith College acquired Skerry's College Cork in 2005, forming Griffith College Cork the college runs a variety of full- and part-time courses in Business, Law, Media & Communications, Design, Secretarial and Office skills.

In 2006 Griffith College opened in Limerick with the acquisition of the Mid West Business Institute, creating Griffith College Limerick. In 2009 Griffith College Limerick moved into new premises which were officially opened by the Minister of Defence Willie O'Dea T.D. on 23 January 2009.[55]

There is also one campus based in Moscow which mainly offers accountancy courses.

In 2009 the Professional Law courses were made available completely online – such as the FE1[56] and IILEX courses.

In Spring 2013 Griffith College Cork expanded to a 5.3 acre campus on Wellington Road, Cork City, on the former site of St. Patrick's Hospital and Marymount Hospice.
The Campus is called 'Griffith College Cork, Wellington Road Campus'. Teaching commenced at the Wellington Road campus in Summer 2013 with an English Language Residential School.

Since August 2013 all evening undergraduate, postgraduate, short-term and professional programmes in the areas of Law, Business, Journalism and Media Communications, Accountancy and Drama have moved to the facility.

St. Angela's College, Cork has sub-let the former hospital and hospice areas of the campus for three years, to facilitate a major renovation of their existing school, and the construction of new buildings, on St. Patrick's Hill.

The St. Angela's Development Plan has been in place for some time, and their architects, O'Donnell and Toomey, have designed an adaptation of the old Marymount buildings. The conversion of Marymount will provide St. Angela's College with extra facilities including more classrooms, ICT and Science facilities. Within the campus Griffith College and St. Angela's will operate as separate entities, having different entrances and buildings.

St. Patrick's Hospital and Marymount Hospice occupied this building until 2011, when, 141 years after it first opened its doors, the institution relocated all of its services to new premises at Curraheen in Cork.

Griffith College GraduationsEdit

The college graduation ceremonies take place over two days each November in the Conference Center. In previous years the ceremony took place in Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 2004 and 2005, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin the year before that.

The 2002 graduation was addressed by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Education Minister Noel Dempsey address the 2003 Graduation[58] and in 2005 justice minister Michael McDowell addressed Law graduates. In attendance are graduates with their families and friends, representatives of Validation Bodies, as well as political and diplomatic dignitaries.
At the graduation ceremony there are prizes awarded such as HETAC Student of the Year Award and Best Academic Achievements for each faculty and school.

Picture galleryEdit

Coordinates: 53°19′53″N 6°16′41″W / 53.33139°N 6.27806°W / 53.33139; -6.27806


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