Maynooth (/ m ə now θ /; Irish: Maigh Nuad ) is a university town in north County Kildare, Ireland. It is home to Maynooth University (also known as The National University of Ireland Maynooth), part of the National University of Ireland, a papal university and Ireland’s top Catholic seminary, St. Patrick’s College. Maynooth is also the seat of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference [2] and is headquartered Ireland’s largest development charity, Trocaire. [3]

Location and access

Maynooth is on the R 148 road between Leixlip and Kilcock, with the M4 past the town. Other roads connecting the city to Celbridge, Clane, and Dunboyne. Maynooth is also on the Dublin to Sligo railway line and is served by a commuter train service.


Maynooth from Irish: Maigh Nuadhat or Maigh Nuadhad , meaning “plain NUADA AIRGETLÁM”. Maigh Nuad is the modern spelling. NUADA AIRGETLÁM was one of the gods of the ancient Irish, corresponding Nudd of Wales and the node of Ancient Britain and Gaul.


Maynooth was a long-term center or Geraldine FitzGerald family, who dominated Irish affairs in the Anglo-Norman and Tudor periods.

From 1932 to 1937, the city was the unofficial home to the King’s representative in Ireland, the Governor General Domhnall Ua Buachalla, who declined to take up official residence in the Viceregal Lodge in Phoenix Park, and whose family ran a hardware store in the city until 2005, has been the only shop with an Irish language name of the town for many years, but in 2014 a candy store called a Siopa Milseán opened a few doors away.

historic features

The city has at each end of 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 invaded in 1535, after the rebellion in Earl.

The village is inside the western edge of the Pale.

The most important historical buildings in the town are the St. Patrick’s College and of which arose the foundation of the university, while the other is in the late Georgian and neo-Gothic Revival style. The “new series” of buildings erected by AWN Pugin in 1850 under a mandate from the then college president Laurence F. Renehan, while College Chapel was designed and completed by James Joseph McCarthy during the presidency of Dr. Robert Browne 1894th

The famous Conolly Folly is also close to the city, although it is arguably in Celbridge, because it is much closer to it, but is covered by Maynooth very comprehensive city limits. It was known to be the gateway to the West as the main road from Dublin.

There are three old monastic settlements near Maynooth, including Laraghbryan and its cemetery, Taghadoe and its Round Tower and Grange William (Donaghmore).


The population of 12,510 [4] making it the fifth largest village in Kildare and the 35th largest in Ireland. Measurement can be difficult because a large part of the village’s population is transient – students at NUI Maynooth and St.Patrick college or temporary staff at the nearby Intel and Hewlett Packard facilities (both located in Leixlip). The city’s most famous residents, social media celebrity Kevin Molloy, better known by his social media nickname “king of beers”.


Two third-level educational institutions – St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, founded under King George III in 1795 to educate the Irish Catholic priests and Maynooth University, separated from St. Patrick’s College in 1997 – are in the city. They share campus space and many facilities. NUI Maynooth is the only university in Ireland is not in a city. There are two high school (Maynooth Post Primary & Community College Maynooth), and four elementary schools: a girls ‘school, a boys’ school (Maria BNS), an Educate Together school, and an Irish-speaking school.

Kildare VEC has received the patronage authority to build a second high school, even if their desire is to share the existing to the older and younger schools instead.


The city contains a fire station, in addition to the area’s part Garda station, a health center, a branch library, and a credit union, as well as various restaurants, including Romayo Nations voted to be the best takeaway in Leinster 2014. [5]


Maynooth has two churches called St. Mary, a Mary Church of Ireland (Anglican), which is incorporated into the walls of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and Mary Roman Catholic Church, where Kilcock Road, turn into Maynooth Village, serving Maynooth Parish St. Mary and Lady Chapel. Also nearby is the former Moyglare church used as Church of Ireland, Meath & Kildare pin Centre. Maynooth Community Church is a church attached to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.


The city is the main retail and service center for North Kildare and South Meath, with branches of SuperValu, Tesco Ireland, Aldi and Lidl, as well as a wide range of non-chain stores. In October 2005, Dunnes Stores opened a major shopping center off the main street, Manor Mills. This center includes a number of other high street names such as EASONS and Elvery’s Sports.On 18 January 2007 the Tesco Ireland plans to demolish its existing store in Maynooth (same store has been demolished and rebuilt only seven years earlier) and build a larger shopping center, anchored by enTesco Extra store, at a nearby location. [6] The new the center is known as cardboard Park, after the nearby carton House. Tesco Extra part of the new shopping center opened Nov. 3, 2008, medHeatons, Sports Direct, Next Children and boots. A number of shops that were part of the former Maynooth shopping center will remain open at the old location.



Maynooth is located on Djurgården, navigable from Dublin city center to this point, now used mostly for pleasure. It gave an important stopping point before Dublin during the period immediately before the arrival of the railroad to Ireland in the first half of the 19th century. The port, known locally as Dukes Harbour is roughly triangular in shape and on the north side of the canal, opposite the train station is a popular fishing area. The channel is also notable because it is the favored fishing spot for international fishing sensation Glenn Weafer residing in the city.


Maynooth railway station is one of the busiest in the Dublin / Kildare region, working as it does two major educational institutions. The town is the terminus of most Iarnród Éireann Western Commuter train, and to be served by Sligo intercity service.


Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann also serve the city. A number of private operators also serve the city, which connects it with neighboring towns.



  • Carton House Golf Club is located in Maynooth. The Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golf union in the world, has its national headquarters in the yard. This option also includes the GUI National Academy, the 22-acre (89,000 m2) teaching facility for up and coming golfers, as well as a facility available to all golfers in Ireland. It has a driving range, putting green and short game area, as well as lessons.


  • North Kildare RFC is the local rugby club and is located about 3 km from Maynooth Kilcock on the road. Also near the club rugby
  • Maynooth Native Bob Casey is a professional rugby player and Ireland international. Casey has represented Ireland at schools, U19, U21, Ireland ‘A’ and U25 levels. He made his senior debut against Australia in 1999. Casey has six caps for Ireland. When he played for Ireland against Canada in May 2009, it was his first cap since 2000. He currently plays for London Irish. He has also played for the Barbarians.

Gaelic game

  • Maynooth GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club and compete in senior football in Kildare ago in 2009.


  • Maynooth Town FC is the local football club.

Horse Racing

  • Maynooth is home to thoroughbred racing and breeding operation Moyglare Stud Farm.


  • Le Cheile Athletic Club

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland


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  2. Jump up ^ “The Catholic Communications Office” Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  3. Jump up ^ “Trocaire | Irish charity working for a just world. “ Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  4. Jump up ^ “Maynooth Settlement Results”. Central Bureau of Statistics .2011.
  5. Jump up ^ “Has your favorite takeaway make the list of Ireland’s best takeaways |? “. Pulled 04/07/2016.
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