Video of Maynooth, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Maynooth; Irish: Maigh Nuad) is a university town in north County Kildare, Ireland.
It is home to a branch of the National University of Ireland, a Pontifical University
and Ireland's main Roman Catholic seminary, St Patrick's College. Maynooth is also
the seat of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and holds the headquarters of
Ireland's largest development charity, Trócaire. Maynooth is located on the R148
road between Leixlip and Kilcock, with the M4 motorway bypassing the town. Other
roads connect the town to Celbridge, Clane, and Dunboyne. Maynooth is also on the
Dublin to Sligo rail line and is served by a commuter train service.
Maynooth was a long-term centre for the Geraldine family, who dominated Irish affairs
in various periods.
In the 1920s, the town was the unofficial home to the King of England's representative
in Ireland, Domhnall Ua Buachalla, who declined to take up official residence in
the Viceregal Lodge in the Phoenix Park, and whose family operated a hardware store
in the town until 2005, the only store with an Irish language name in the town for
The town has, at either end of the main street, Maynooth Castle and Carton House:
two former seats of the Dukes of Leinster. The castle was a stronghold of the 16th
century historical figure Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare better known as
Silken Thomas. The castle was overrun in 1535, after the rebellion of the Earl. The
village is just inside the western edge of The Pale.
The most important historical buildings in the town are those of St. Patrick's College
and some of which antedate the foundation of the college, while others are in the
late Georgian and neo-Gothic revival style. The "new range" of buildings was erected
by A. W. N. Pugin in 1850 under a commission from then college president Laurence
F. Renehan, while the College Chapel was designed and completed by James Joseph McCarthy
during the presidency of Dr. Robert Browne in 1894.
The famed Conolly's Folly is also near the town, although it is arguably in Celbridge,
as it is much closer to it, but is covered by Maynooth's very extensive town boundaries.
It was known to be the gateway to the west as the main route from Dublin
The population of 10,715 (2006 Census) makes it the fifth largest village in Kildare
and the 35th largest in the Republic of Ireland.