Ó Fiaich Scholarships for Northern Ireland undergraduate students


Posted 28th January

The Pontifical University at St Patricks College, Maynooth is proud to announce the Cardinal Tomas Ó Fiaich Scholarships, making the study of Theology at the Maynooth more accessible for Northern Ireland undergraduate students.

Named in honour of the former Cardinal-Archbishop of Armagh, these scholarships will be offered for the coming academic year: 2020-2021. They are designed to facilitate students from Northern Ireland to undertake a Bachelor of Arts programme at Ireland’s largest Faculty of Theology, at one of Ireland’s foremost heritage campus. Alongside Theology, the complementary Arts subject(s) will be undertaken at Maynooth University, one of the leading new university’s in the world.

The five scholarships will include an award of €1,500, and the offer of campus accommodation.

Born in County Armagh, Ó Fiaich was Professor of Modern Irish History at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from 1959 to 1974. After a short period as President of the College, he became Archbishop of Armagh in 1977 until his death in 1990, aged just 66. Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich represents a tradition of intellectual and academic excellence across the island of Ireland.

Many Northern Ireland students find themselves at a disadvantage when considering studying when considering Irish universities because, on average, they take less A-level subjects than the average Leaving Certificate student. It is one reason why Northern Ireland students account for only 1% of the third level student population in the South.

Welcoming these new scholarships, the current Archbishop of Armagh, Eamonn Martin said:

“It is a great honour to launch such an innovative scheme. It represents the commitment of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth to reach out to young people across all corners of the island of Ireland. These scholarships offer a real incentive for students in Northern Ireland to undertake Theology, bringing with them a rich experience.“

The Cardinal Tomas Ó Fiaich Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of three A-levels only, with a minimum requirement of 2 ‘A’ and 1 ‘B’ grades. Applicants must meet SPCM minimum entry requirements.

The closing date for late applications through CAO is 1st May 2020. For those NI students who have already made applications to CAO for the academic year 2020/2021, the Change of Mind period will close on 1st July 2020. To make or change an application through CAO, visit www.cao.ie.

In order to apply, please fill out the application form. For further information, contact Admissions Officer, Barbara Mahon at 01 708 4772 or admissions@spcm.ie

If a school community or faith group wishes to learn more about our undergraduate programmes, facilities and for campus tours, contact School Liaison Officer, Ruth Daly at 087 162 33 79 or schoolvisits@spcm.ie


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