Welcome to Ormonde College of Further Education
Welcome to Ormonde College of Further Education. Located at the heart of medieval Kilkenny, Ormonde CFE offers courses in a range of disciplines. Our courses are fully accredited by internationally recognised awarding bodies and can lead to employment opportunities directly or provide an access pathway to further study in a wide variety of third level institutions.* Whether you are a school leaver contemplating the start of your career path or an adult wishing to return to education, Ormonde CFE may have the course that suits your academic and vocational aspirations.
* Details of links between FETAC qualifications and third level institutions can be obtained here: CAO Link
A Brief History of Ormonde College of Further Education
The Ormonde College site is one of the most historically significant sites in the city of Kilkenny as it is bordered by part of the original city wall and the Talbot Tower. Eight hundred years after the City Wall was constructed, Talbot tower is undergoing repairs and archaeological work with the aim of developing it into a public space with green areas and interpretive signs.
Ormonde College of Further Education has developed out of the need to address the further education requirements of Kilkenny city and environs in a climate that reflects its distinction from second level provision. The architecturally significant building on Ormonde road, in the heart of Kilkenny city, was built in 1853 and eventually became the site of the first Kilkenny City Technical School which officially opened in 1939. For many years prior to this it had served as a model school for the education of Church of Ireland children. With the completion of the new City Vocational School on New Street in 1979, the bulk of the second level provision moved to the new premises, leaving the building on Ormonde Road as the home of a growing college of further education providing courses to post leaving certificate students and mature adults wishing to return to education. Today Ormonde College is the largest provider of post-leaving certificate courses in County Kilkenny.