Pope Francis makes a return visit to Ireland this weekend, a place where he studied English in 1980

August 23, 2018

Pope Francis will return to Dublin this weekend a place where he studied English for a number of weeks in 1980. Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) the association that represents 66 regulated English language schools and colleges in Ireland has issued a warm welcome to a ‘famous past pupil’.

During his time in Dublin in 1980, Father Jorge Bergoglio as he was known stayed in the Jesuit Centre in the Milltown Institute. While there he was taught by a young teacher called Declan Millar who is now a board member of Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).

According to David O’Grady CEO of Marketing English in Ireland (MEI), “It is great to see a famous past pupil return to our shores, because it helps promote Ireland as a destination for international English language students. Last year 973 English language students came to Ireland from Argentina which is a growing market for us, however Pope Francis is the most famous pupil we have had to date from South America.”

“At present Pope Francis is just one of a very many current international leaders who studied English in Ireland. Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel and Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz all came to Ireland to study English at various stages during their education. We look forward to seeing them visit our shores in the near future also’” said David O’Grady CEO of Marketing English in Ireland.

In 2017, MEI schools and colleges in Ireland welcomed over 129,000 students from 118 individual countries, the majority of whom (74%) were from the European Union / EEA area.

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