Director’s Message


fiona mcgrathThere are many routes to a job and career success. Increasingly, further education and training are required. Universities or Institutes of Technology don’t suit the needs of all – for some 34,000 Leaving Certificate and mature students, a place on a PLC Course is the preferred option. Courses are open to a wide range of participants including school leavers, adults and second chance learners, social welfare recipients, graduates wishing to re-skill etc


Monaghan Institute offers a wide range of further education and training (FET) courses. Each course is specifically designed for employment – the balance between theoretical and practical study is decided with the job-market firmly in mind. Close links with local employers and the community ensure that the focus of FET course provision is reflective of local needs and current/future skills shortages.  The work experience you complete as part of your training keeps both you and staff attuned to the realities of modern business/industry/commerce.

On the other hand, if you wish to proceed to further studies at Institutes of Technology or Universities we will equip you with the skills necessary for academic life.  All of our courses carry nationally and internationally recognised certification and provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Over the years, a significant number of past graduates have gone on to complete higher degrees are now in employment or running their own businesses and playing an active part in the community.  Others have used further education to retrain or up-skill and have changed career.


Monaghan is a pleasant provincial capital town – large enough to provide a city college atmosphere, yet small and intimate enough to enjoy a real town life style. Local shops, restaurants, cinema and night clubs give a quality service and if you are the sporty-type, there are playing-pitches, football and rugby clubs, a running-track, swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, leisure centres, golf-clubs, equestrian centre, etc. The Students’ Union social programme also ensures balanced learner development and you are encouraged to participate in its extra curricular activities.


Staff at Monaghan Institute are highly-qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated to high academic achievement in the context of a warm tutor-learner relationship. We can give you the kind of individual attention which will ensure your success, whether you have just completed Leaving Cert or are a mature student returning to education. We welcome learners of all ages, abilities and nationalities and will provide you with a supportive learning environment.


Monaghan Institute has been approved as a registered provider by QQI and other internationally recognised certifying bodies (e.g. City & Guilds, ITEC) having agreed its quality assurance policies & procedures. We are continually reviewing and developing our work practices to ensure a quality service to all learners, past, present and future.


Monaghan Institute fosters positive working relationships with other providers at home and abroad. The Institute is currently developing constructive contacts with Stranmillis University College, Queens University, Belfast and Institutes of Technology in Dundalk, Sligo, Letterkenny and Blanchardstown.. Our learners have also completed modules of their courses at training institutions in Belgium, France, Portugal, Germany, Canada, Denmark and Holland.


We thank you for your interest in our courses and assure you of a warm welcome and a quality training service at Monaghan Institute.

Dr. Fiona McGrath