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Alumni Assocation

Are you a past pupil? We are setting up a dedicated alumni group. Email and tell us what year you graduated.




Open Reunion December 20th 2023

Our first Open Reunion was a great success - sincere thanks to everyone who attended. We hope to have future events in the school. If you are interested in joining our alumni association, please email with your name and the year you graduated. 


Open Evening 11th October 2023

Our Open Evening took place on the 11th October. Many thanks to all who visited our school. 



Booklists for 2023-2024 can be found here.


School Calendar

Provisional School Calendar for 2023-2024 can be found here. 



Christimas Ezine 2023. Click here to view.

October Ezine 2023. Click here to view.  

Summer Ezine 2023. Click here to view. 

Christmas Ezine 2022. Click here to view. 

Summer Ezine 2022. Click here to view. 

Easter Ezine 2022.  Click here to view. 

Christmas Ezine 2021. Click here to view. 

October Ezine 2021. Click here to view.

Summer Ezine 2021. Click here to view. 

Easter Ezine 2021.  Click here to view.


Covid 19 Response

Revised Covid 19 Response Plan September 2021. Click here to view

Health Welfare and Safety Statement 2020.  Click here to view 

Updated Guidance on dealing with covid cases in school. Click here to view

Covid 19 Return to School Guidelines can be found here. Please read carefully. Click here to view

Health and Safety Control of Covid 19 Policy. Important for students. Click here to view








Message from the Principal


Welcome to St. Joseph’s Patrician College Galway, “The Bish” website. I hope that as you browse our website you will, at least, get a flavour of who we are and what we do. St. Joseph’s Patrician College Galway was founded by the Patrician Brothers in 1862 at the request of the Bishop of Galway at that time. It was known locally as the Bishop's school hence the name “The Bish”.

The Bish is now part of the Le Chéile Schools Trust whose message of “Welcome, Witness, Wisdom” is very evident in our day to day workings. This message is also on display in our school motto of “Love God, work hard and take care of one another.”

St. Joseph’s Patrician College has a student population of over 750 students. It offers a wide range of subjects at Junior and Senior Cycle and traditionally has a strong academic emphasis where students are encouraged to achieve the highest academic standards. The exceptional achievements of our students in both the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate ensures that the Bish has established an outstanding academic record which has facilitated our students progress to a variety of third level colleges. We do have a strong tradition of sending our past pupils on to NUIG, our neighbour.

With a proud tradition of extracurricular opportunity in a wide variety of sport and cultural activities, St. Joseph’s provides a variety of different opportunities for students to enhance their development. By browsing our website you will get a feel for some of the activities that are available to our students and also a sense of the rich history of the Bish. 

We are a community working together to promote and develop a learning environment where students can reach their full potential by participating in a holistic and Christian education that will equip them to serve society as good citizens. Parents subscribe to the Christian/Catholic philosophy of the school when they freely choose to send their children to the College. Enjoy browsing our website and if you need further information on any aspect of the college please feel free to contact us.

John Madden 


An aerial shot of The Bish