Oldest Universities in Ireland


What are the oldest Universities in Ireland? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing a list of 32 Irish Universities ordered by year of establishment and meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate Irish higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format
Our aim is to highlight which Irish Universities have the longest history and tradition and how this correlates to their uniRank University Ranking.

Oldest Universities in Ireland 2019 League Table

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1 Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin Dublin
25 National College of Art and Design Dublin
31 Carlow College Carlow
11 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Dublin
27 Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth Maynooth
32 All Hallows College Drumcondra
7 National University of Ireland, Galway Galway
3 University College Cork Cork
29 Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin
2 University College Dublin Dublin
28 Marino Institute of Education Dublin
24 National University of Ireland, System Dublin
30 Shannon College of Hotel Management Shannon
18 National College of Ireland Dublin ...
26 Institute of Public Administration Dublin
16 Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk
12 Institute of Technology Sligo Sligo
10 Waterford Institute of Technology Waterford
15 Athlone Institute of Technology Athlone
17 Institute of Technology Carlow Carlow
23 Letterkenny Institute of Technology Letterkenny ...
5 University of Limerick Limerick
14 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Galway
9 Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown
13 Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick ...
19 Institute of Technology, Tralee Tralee
4 Dublin City University Dublin
21 Institute of Technology Tallaght Tallaght
6 Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin
8 Maynooth University Maynooth
20 Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire
22 Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Blanchardstown
Legend: Un Unranked

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