77% of students from Offaly schools went on to third level education this year

One Offaly school sent 100% of students to third level

Damian Moran


Damian Moran



Banagher College

Banagher College

The latest figures for Feeder Schools in Ireland show that 736 of the 956 pupils in Offaly schools went on to third level education this year with 100% of students from one Offaly school going forward to third level.

Banagher College had 65 students sitting their Leaving Cert in 2017 and all 65 went on to third level.

Colaiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac had the second highest percentage with 96% of their Leaving Cert class of 28 going forward to third level. 

Also exceeding 90% were St Mary's Secondary School, Edenderry (96%) and the Sacred Heart School, Tullamore (92%). Those two schools were closely followed by Gallen Community School, Ferbane at 88%.

The other schools in the county ranked as follows: Tullamore College (78%), Community School, Birr (75%), Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington (73%), Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore (71%), Killina Secondary School, Rahan (68%), Ard Scoil Chiarain Naofa, Clara (62%), Oaklands Community College (43%).

Of the 769 pupils, close to 20% went on to attend Athlone Institute of Technology while 90 students went to Maynooth University. Galway was another popular destination with 74 going to NUIG and 49 going to Galway-Mayo IT. 

A total of 107 students headed to Limerick, 54 to UL, 28 to Limerick IT and 25 to Mary I. A further 49 went to IT Carlow with 39 attending Waterford IT. Eleven went to Cork, six to UCC and five to Cork IT.

Among the students who went to Dublin, 20 went to Trinity, 52 went to UCD, 35 went to DCU with 34 attending DIT. Four went to the Royal College of Surgeons with six attending IT Tallaght, three going to IT Blanchardstown and one going to Dun Laoghaire IADT.

Two students traveled as far north as Letterkenny with 13 more going to IT Sligo.

The figures were published in the Irish Times and the Irish Independent today.