Welcome to Maynooth


In this blog, the first year of Maynooth will learn how to survive through their university life. The university years are rumoured to be the best years of your life. In this guide we will bring you through the wonders of Maynooth and hopefully take some pressure and stress out of your lives as a first year.

The blog will allow you to look at some of your fellow students’ experiences while studying in Maynooth, along with some other crucial information about the University.

Check out the tabs above to explore nine great blog topics that will help you survive your first year in Maynooth.


A Brief History of Maynooth

Kildare was originally an area of land granted to Maurice Fitzgerald by Strongbow in 1176. Maynooth castle is a great stone castle founded in the 13th Century. It was built at the junction of two streams. It became the main residence of the FitzGeralds of Kildare. Its keep was built c. 1203 and was one of the largest of its kind in Ireland. The FitzGeralds are a very important family in the history of Maynooth and Leinster. It is also linked to Fionn macCumhaill through its place name ‘Má Nuad’, the plain of Nuada in early Leinster legend. Nuadhu being recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters as the maternal Grandfather to Fionn macCumhaill. If one was looking for an interesting town steeped in rich history of Ireland, Maynooth should surely be on their list.

As well as all this history of the town, Maynooth University offers its own affluent history. It is home to the Pontifical University and Ireland’s main Roman Catholic Seminary (St. Patrick’s College). In 1795 Grattan’s Parliament passed an Act, which led to the creation of an academy “for the better education of persons professing the popish or Roman Catholic religion”. It was originally the national seminary of Ireland and also the largest seminary in the world. It has been the source of two well-known missions; the Columban Fathers and St. Patrick’s Missionary Society. It has ordained over 11,000 priests. St. Patrick’s College accepted part of NUIM in 1910 and in 1966 it opened up to local students and its population increased significantly in the following years.

Maynooth was a centre point in the Catholic Emancipation in the 18th Century. Members of the Irish Clergy from St. Patrick’s College were part of the backbone of Daniel O’Connell’s Campaign in the 1820’s. The students of Maynooth remained clerical until 1966 when the government and authorities at Maynooth decided to develop it as ‘an open centre of university education’. From this point on students pursuing other callings through humanities and arts were permitted to join the college. The Universities Act in 1997 remodelled the college of Maynooth into The National University of Ireland (or NUI, Maynooth University), this being independent of St. Patrick’s College. It also rapidly developed into an independent institution with a large student body and staff, the development of a strong research base, the deciding of its national position and its reputation and identity. This led to it becoming known further afield than just Ireland and across the pond.

Nowadays, Maynooth University (NUIM) carries all the hallmarks of a new University; it has a wide range of subjects and disciplines, has international connections, it contributes to research across the world, it develops and works with companies and has a strong commitment to fundamental research and scholarship. The University has a community of over 9,000 students and 800 staff, it is renowned for its research and scholarship of worldwide approval, acclaimed staff and an amazing campus to study and work in.