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University in Maynooth

St Patrick's College

Part of NUI Maynooth, and turning out Catholic priests since 1795, St Patrick's College & Seminary is Ireland's second-oldest university (after Trinity College, Dublin). The college buildings are impressive – Go…
Museum in Maynooth

National Science & Ecclesiology Museum

Father Nicholas Callan (1799–1864), Professor of Natural Philosophy at St Patrick's College in the mid-19th century, was a pioneer of research into electromagnetism and the inventor of the induction coil. This small…
International in Maynooth

Gatehouse

The Gatehouse's catch-all menu – breakfast dishes, seafood chowder, pizza and pasta, plus interesting choices such as teriyaki salmon, and venison with rosemary and honey jus – is a crowd-pleaser, but what makes thi…
Castle in Maynooth

Maynooth Castle

At the west end of the town centre you can see the ruined gatehouse, keep and great hall of this 13th-century castle, once home to the Fitzgerald family. The castle was dismantled in Cromwellian times, when the Fitz…