Carlow GAA Announces Institute of Technology Carlow as its new partner


(Tue. 16th January, 2017) - Institute of Technology Carlow is the new partner of Carlow GAA, it has been announced.

Making the announcement this morning, the Chairman of Carlow GAA, Sean Campion, described the new partnership as “a marriage between two great Carlow institutions committed to community, education and excellence” and said he was delighted with the synergies it will provide.

“Institute of Technology Carlow and Carlow GAA share the same values and objectives, such as community engagement, a dedication to education and training and a reputation for sporting excellence. Current students and graduates play at Club and County level and the Institute’s own sporting facilities, its various sports courses to masters level, its sports staff and overall dedication to sporting excellence is internationally renowned. We look forward to a strong working and successful relationship”, commented Sean Campion, Chairman of Carlow GAA.

Confirming the partnership with Carlow GAA, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow said, “Institute of Technology Carlow is delighted to be the new partner of Carlow GAA. This is a first for us, although our relationship with Carlow GAA and the County Board is already strong and engaged, thanks to our excellent sports faculty which has a great working relationship with the GAA through our BA (Hons) in Business Management & Sports Coaching (GAA). Over the past ten years, this popular programme has seen many of our graduates work with county boards and teams throughout the country. Many of our sports students, past and present, combine playing for the Institute with playing for Carlow clubs and, indeed, for their county. We have invested significantly in our current sports facilities and are poised to begin another capital investment programme with our South Sports Campus this Spring which will deliver additional sports facilities for our student body. As an Institute, we are committed to education and to being a key driver in the community and Carlow GAA shares these values with us. I can’t think of a more appropriate partnership for Institute of Technology Carlow and look forward to the future.”

“I would like to thank Carlow GAA’s Chairman Sean Campion and Michael Doran, the County Secretary, for their assistance in bringing about this partnership. I’d also like to wish all the Club and County Teams every success in the season ahead”, added Dr. Mulcahy.

The partnership between Institute of Technology Carlow and Carlow GAA is for up to three years. It will include collaboration on the delivery of community and education programmes, from Primary School through to Senior Football and Hurling Teams.

Since its founding in 1970, Institute of Technology Carlow has generated over 50,000 graduates. It currently ranks as the 4th largest of Ireland’s 14 Institutes of Technology with more than 7,500 enrolments and 800 staff. Institute of Technology Carlow provides higher educational programmes, and research and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow, Wexford, and Wicklow. The Institute offers more than 80 taught programmes to Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), and boasts the second highest percentage of postgraduates in the IoT sector. Institute of Technology Carlow has the highest percentage of Lifelong Learners in the sector, which reflects the commitment to providing higher educational opportunities for all.


For reference: Alma Feeley, Communications Office, Institute of Technology Carlow
e: 087 8204934

Ronan Dempsey, Operations Manager, Carlow GAA
m: 087 4137642