Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Griffith College

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Griffith College. From its inception in 1974, providing training for students undertaking their accounting examinations, to Ireland's largest independent third-level institution providing a huge range of programmes in multiple disciplines, the past five decades have been a special journey for the institution.

Our staff and students, past and present, alongside our partners, have been central to this journey, and many of our activities celebrate their invaluable contributions.

In line with this, Griffith College will hold a number of events and initiatives during the year, which you can find below, as we reflect on our history, celebrate our present and look forward to the future. We hope you can join us during the year to share this milestone.

Further updates will be shared on this page and through our social media channels. Search #GC50 across platforms for more today!

Events & Activities

  • Prize Winners Booklet: A collation and celebration of fifty years of prize-winning Griffith College students. Unveiled in August.
  • Campus Anniversary Events: Special events are held on each Dublin, Cork and Limerick campus.
  • Griffith Gathering: Visits from our esteemed international partners to join us in our anniversary celebrations.
  • Employee Recognition: Celebrate our employees, past and present, and their invaluable contributions.
  • GC50 Conversations: A dedicated lecture series delving into a range of topics with expert from their respective fields.
  • Teaching & Learning Symposium: A symposium highlighting the College’s academic contribution to tertiary education in Ireland held in May.
  • Strategic Plan & Future Development Plans:  Launch the new strategic plan and look to the future of the College.
  • Community Involvement: Working with local organisations to give back to our local community.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Griffith College has joined the Donore Area Sustainable Community group to further sustainability in the local area.
  • Editorial & Opinion Pieces: A series of thought leadership pieces released throughout the year.
  • Time Capsule: Compiled in December and filled with items that represent Griffith’s history and achievements.
  • Historical Display: Exhibitions telling the story of the College's achievements and history on each campus to be unveiled in May.
  • Alumni Video & Podcast Interviews: New episodes of our 'Griffith Alumni Stories' podcast series with special guests and alumni.
  • Updated History of the Campus Booklet: An updated iteration of our GC200 History of the Campus Booklet which will be released in May.
  • Excellence in Education: The relaunch of our Creative Bursary collaboration with IAPI, supporting careers in the creative commercial sector.
  • GC50 Marketing Campaign: Integration of our anniversary into all our marketing campaigns across media platforms.

Latest GC50 News

Enjoy video highlights of GC50 events in Cork and Limerick below!

Limerick GC50 Event
GC50 Limerick Celebrations

On May 16th, Griffith College Limerick hosted a distinguished event at the Strand Hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of Griffith College, GC50.

GC50 Cork Event

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, held a reception in Cork City Hall on Tuesday, April 2nd, to mark GC50 and 25 years of Griffith College in Cork. Staff and colleagues from our campuses in Dublin, Limerick, and Cork attended the event.

GC50 Cork Event
Griffith College Cork presents ‘The Power of You’ featuring Norah Casey.

Network Ireland Cork, in collaboration with Griffith College Cork, hosted an inspiring event, ‘The Power of You,’ featuring Norah Casey, renowned entrepreneur, investor, and former Dragon's Den Dragon. The event took place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Griffith College Cork.

GC50 Conversations: Family Amendment Referendum: Yes or No?

On Monday March 4th, we welcomed Ivana Bacik TD and Labour party leader, and Michael McDowell, Independent Senator and former Attorney General to debate the Family Amendment Referendum due to be held on March 8th, 2024. You can watch the debate in full below.

This is the first event in our series 'GC50 Conversations'.