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Our Story

Our Story

LIT educates people for life.

Ours is an open, diverse, and contemporary Higher Education Institution (HEI). Our ethos is of active education, fusing the theoretical and the practical to equip people for professional fulfilment.

Our history is one of transformation and rebirth across generations.  LIT traces its roots to the foundation of the School of Ornamental Arts on Hartstonge Street in Limerick in 1852, with its express purpose of delivering technological and artistic education to as many people as possible. The School of Ornamental Arts was succeeded by the Limerick Athenaeum in 1855, which came under the control of Limerick Corporation 40 years later and became the Municipal Technical Institute in 1911.  In 1980, this became Limerick College of Art Commerce and Technology (COACT), which relocated to the Moylish Campus, still the institution’s main campus since its incorporation as Limerick Institute of Technology in 1997.

This is the educational heritage that LIT represents, always responsive to the needs of the society which it served, and always open to all who would benefit from it, irrespective of class, creed or cultural background.

Today, we are defined by the community-orientation of each of our five campuses in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

LIT is one of the most accessible and supportive HEI's in Ireland, always underpinned by our ethic of active education - a blend of the theoretical and the practical in every discipline area.  Lab work, studio work, case studies, field visits, group assignments and other practical activities are central in LIT students’ journeys.
Our contribution to civic and cultural life is very evident, with our graduates active in every walk of life, from the artistic to the sporting, business, the sciences, industry, technology, engineering and public service.

Our story of transformation continues to unfold, and in 2019 LIT and AIT formed a Technological University Consortium to form a new Technological University to serve our regions to continue our unique approach for the benefit of society into the future.

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