Institute of Technology, Tralee

Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT or IT Tralee) (Irish: Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Thrá Lí) was a third-level educational institution located in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. It was established in 1977 as the Regional Technical College, Tralee.

Institute of Technology Tralee
Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Thrá Lí
PresidentDr. Oliver Murphy:[1]
North Campus: Dromtacker, Tralee, Ireland. South Campus: Clash, Tralee, Ireland.
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In January 2021, IT Tralee (now known as MTU Tralee[1]) merged with Cork Institute of Technology to become Munster Technological University, Ireland's second Technological University.[2][3][4]


Tralee RTC was established in 1977 under the control of the Town of Tralee Vocational Education Committee (VEC), Dr. Seán McBride was appointed Principal in 1978. In 1984, work began on the South Campus. In 1992 Tralee RTC, became an autonomous institution under the Regional Technical Colleges Act (1992). Tralee RTC was renamed as were the other RTC's, as the Institute of Technology, Tralee in 1997. In 2007, the title of the head of the institute changed from "Director" to "President". Michael Carmody served as president until 2011,[5] Dr. Oliver Murphy served as acting president until appointed to the post for a five-year term, despite resigning,[6] Dr. Murphy was reappointed to a second five-year term in 2017, and prior to the merger with MTU, retired in 2020.[7]

Schools and departmentsEdit

The Institute has two campuses- the North campus (located in Dromtacker) and the South campus (located in Clash) approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) apart. As of October 2019, it has the following Schools and Departments:[8]

  • School of Business, Computing and Humanities located in the North campus:
    • Creative Media and Information Technology Department
    • Business Studies Department
    • Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department
    • Computing Department
  • School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics located in the South campus:
    • Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Department
    • Civil Engineering and Construction Studies Department
    • Agriculture and Manufacturing Studies Department
    • Biological and Pharmaceutical Science Department
    • Apprentice Section
  • School of Health and Social Sciences:
    • Health and Leisure Studies Department located in the North campus
    • Social Sciences Department located in the North Campus
    • Nursing and Health Care Sciences Department located in the North campus

The South campus has been in operation since the opening of the Institute in 1977. The North campus opened in 2001. The continuing development of the North campus will eventually lead to the entire institute being relocated to Dromtacker.[9]

Future - Munster Technological University - January 2021Edit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the formal approval of Munster Technological University in May 2020, to begin operations in January 2021.[2][3][4]

Munster TU is among a group of other possible Technological Universities to add to TU Dublin.[10][11]

Industry linksEdit

The Tom Crean Business Incubation Centre opened in the north campus in January 2005.[12]

Situated on the same site in Dromtacker is the Kerry Technology Park, owned and operated by Shannon Development.[13] The Park and the Institute often work closely together, developing curricula and providing an exchange of students to work in the Park. In September 2004, a new Nursing complex opened in the North campus. The "Solás building" as it is known is where the student nurses learn practical nursing skills. It has its own ward setting with lifelike dummies as patients.

The Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (SABC) is also based on the campus of IT Tralee and is a joint venture between IT Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology. It provides applied scientific services to industry in the area of integrated approaches to solving problems associated with the better utilisation of natural materials and the novel bio-resources they contain.


IT Tralee GAA burst onto the college GAA scene in 1997 when it became the first RTC to win the Sigerson Cup.[14] It was only Tralee's second outing in this competition. However, the college created further history by winning the Sigerson three times in successive seasons to become the only RTC/Institute of Technology to do so in the competition's history.[15]

The men's team won the Trench Cup (The Trench Cup is the second tier Gaelic football championship trophy for Third Level Education Colleges, Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and England) in 2010.

The Ladies football team also won the O Connor Cup back to back in 1998 and 1999.[16] Furthermore, the hurlers won the Ryan Cup in 1997 with the camogie team winning the Purcell Shield also in the same year.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b Graham, Breda. "Second university announced for Cork with green light given to CIT and IT Tralee consortium". Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Casey, Jess (26 May 2020). "New technological university for Munster this week as greenlight expected for IT merger". Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b Roche, Barry (26 May 2020). "Taoiseach confirms creation of new Munster Technological University". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ Brouder, Simon (10 February 2011). "New acting President appointed at IT Tralee". The Kerryman. Retrieved 31 May 2020 – via
  6. ^ "IT Tralee looks for a new President". The Kerryman. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2020 – via
  7. ^ (31 March 2020). "Dr Oliver Murphy retires as President of IT Tralee". Archived from the original on 2 April 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Academic Departments". Archived from the original on 29 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Tralee Scholarship 2017". Afterschool.
  10. ^ "Munster Technological University (MTU)". Archived from the original on 4 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  11. ^ Marren, Aisling (12 October 2018). "HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology". The University Times. Trinity College Dublin. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  12. ^ Burke, Elaine (22 August 2019). "9 Kerry start-ups set to reign in the Kingdom". Archived from the original on 22 August 2019.
  13. ^ Shannon Development Website
  14. ^ "All-Ireland Senior Football Final 2005". Archived from the original on 29 October 2010.
  15. ^ "Taking the game to a higher level". 21 September 2000.
  16. ^ "All Ireland Roll of Honour". 2009. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009.

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Coordinates: 52°16′17″N 9°41′21″W / 52.2713°N 9.6892°W / 52.2713; -9.6892