Maynooth to host major education congress

Staff Reporter

The President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth has said he is “delighted” to have won the bid to host a major meeting of presidents and rectors of Catholic universities.

The International Federation of Catholic Universies’ key meeting will bring together more than 200 of the most influential Catholic leaders in third-level education world-wide.

Msgr Hugh Connolly said the college beat off “stiff competition” from other top ranked universities to ensure the event would come to Maynooth in 2018.

Describing the event as an “extraordinary international shop window” for third level Catholic education, Msgr Connolly said securing the bid was a “serious coup” for the Co. Kildare based university.


“It is a key plank in our strategic wish to increase our international profile and I am delighted that some very careful preparation over the last weeks and months has now paid off so handsomely,” he said.

Separately, a fellowship has been established in principle between Maynooth and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to enable teaching exchanges between theology staff from both institutions.

The Daniel Mannix Fellowship was named in honour of the Irish-born Australian Catholic bishop, who was a former President of Maynooth and Archbishop of Melbourne.