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225 years of Education - Online Exhibition

This online exhibition uses images and other records from the College archives to explore the heritage of education at Maynooth since 1795,

Maynooth Celebrates 225

As St Patrick's College celebrates 255 years below is a feature article in Irish America Magazine that was published in the St Patrick's Day edition

Full list of Events that were scheduled from February - June 2020

Please keep an eye on this page for future updates

Please join the chapel Choir of Trinity College Dublin for choral evensong in the historic College Chapel of St Patrick's College, Maynooth. Works to include settings by C.V. Stanford

Choral Evensong Leaflet can be found here.

The Schola Gregoriana, the Maynooth College Chapel Choir and Professor Gerard Gillen (honorary doctorate of SPCM) for a gala concert as part of the 225th anniversary celebrations

The full concert can be viewed HERE

Gala Concert Review also here

‘Choir of the World’ Maynooth University Chamber Choir and the Bellarmine University Choir Kentucky present a joint concert of choral classics from the Renaissance to modern era.

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Click here to view the story Séadna le Fr Peadar Ó Laoghaire

There are inextricable links between Fr Peadar Ó Laoghaire and Maynooth because, long before he became recognised as a language campaigner and literary pioneer during the Gaelic Revival period, he spent six years studying at St Patrick's College. Amongst his achievements, he wrote the first Irish-language novel entitled Séadna, which is rooted in Ireland's oral tradition and celebrates kindness, community and integrity in its battle of wills between an ordinary man and the devil himself. In order to commemorate one hundred years since the passing of Fr Peadar, both students and staff from the Irish-language community of Maynooth campus came together for this short film which retells the iconic story.

Ta dlúthnasc idir an tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire agus Maigh Nuad mar, i bhfad roimh dó aitheantas a bhaint amach mar fheachtasóir teanga agus ceannródaí liteartha le linn Athbheochan na Gaeilge, chaith sé sé bliana i mbun staidéir i gColáiste Phádraig. I measc a ghaiscí, scríobh sé an chéad úrscéal Gaeilge dar teideal Séadna, atá fréamhaithe i dtraidisiún béil na hÉireann agus a cheiliúrann cineáltas, muintearas agus ionracas lena chomhrac idir gnáthdhuine agus an diabhal é féin. Mar chomóradh ar chéad bliain ó cailleadh an tAthair Peadar, tháinig Gaeilgeoirí ar champas Mhá Nuad, idir mhic léinn agus baill foirne, le chéile don ghearrscannán seo ina n-athinsítear an scéal íocónach.

“Peadar Ó Laoghaire (Peter O' Leary), was born in the Gaeltacht in Liscarrigane, County Cork in April 1839 and died on 21 March 1920. He was a Catholic priest who studied for the priesthood in Maynooth and was ordained in 1867. It was in Maynooth that Ó Laoghaire realised the Irish language was endangered. He was a member of the Gaelic League.

Ó Laoghaire had a passion for two main things: Catholicism as fundamentally ingrained in Irish identity; and the Irish language. He was very concerned with the autonomy of the Irish people from the British, and this fuelled his dislike of Protestantism and the English language, as two things which the British had introduced to Ireland and used to oppress the people. At times he implies that the English language is inferior to Irish, and that the Irish language is inherently present in Irish people, whether they grew up with it or not, and that they can express themselves better in Irish than in English as a result. He was also a great believer in the purity of the Irish language, and very critical of the invention of new words by scholars, as he deemed these to be unnatural and offensive to native speakers.

Ó Laoghaire wrote novels, articles and essays and translated many things into modern Irish. The writings in the archive collection at Maynooth University Special Collections cover literary, religious and grammatical material.”

The Maynooth University Choral Society present Franz J. Haydn’s ‘Creation’ under the direction of Dr John O’Keeffe (director of Sacred Music at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)

Sunday 8th March 4:00pm 2020 || College Chapel

Joint lecture hosted by St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and Trocaire

More information to follow.

In conjunction with Maynooth University, the postgraduate open evening is an excellent opportunity to explore the range of Masters, Diploma or PhD programmes on offer here at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

All are welcome

Tuesday 10th March 4:00pm 2020 || Library

Full video of the lecture is available HERE

The Annual Monsignor Patrick J. Corish Lecture was delivered by Prof. David Morgan (Duke University) on the topic of ‘The Visible Culture of Revelation: Visions and the Imagery that Make them Visible’ on March 11 2020 at 7.30 pm in Renehan Hall, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This annual lecture is held in honour of Monsignor Patrick J. Corish, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, and later Professor of Modern History, at St Patrick's College Maynooth, County Kildare. David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University, North Carolina. He chaired the Department of Religious Studies from 2013 to 2019. Morgan received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity, based on the 2012 Cadbury Lectures delivered at the University of Birmingham, UK, appeared in 2015 from the University of California Press. Previous books include The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012), The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works: The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series entitled Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, published by Bloomsbury, London. He is currently at work on a new book under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, entitled The Thing about Religion: An Introduction to Studying the Materiality of Belief.

St Patrick’s College Maynooth were delighted to host the inaugural St Patrick Symposium. It was designed to re-engage with the sources concerning St Patrick and the traditions that attach to his name, his story, and the Irish land and people associated with him.

The symposium was help on the 12th March.

Keynote Speakers: Prof Thomas O’Loughlin, Historical Theology, University of Nottingham

An embarrassing situation: Did ninth-century theologians seek to sanitise Patrick’s Confessio?

Dr Catherine Swift, Lecturer in Medieval and Irish Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

An evolving tradition of the later Viking period: Patrick, Armagh and Munster in the Bethu Phátrain

Dr Anthony Harvey, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources

Patrick in the Digital Age


Come and Experience the Easter Triduum at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. All ceremonies take place in the College Chapel accompanied by music from the Maynooth College Chapel Choir directed by Dr John O’Keeffe

All are Welcome

Holy Thursday || 9th April 7:30pm || Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday || 10th April 3:00pm || Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Easter Saturday || 11th April 10:00pm || The Easter Vigil

Choirs from Ireland and afar travel to Maynooth to take part in workshops, concerts and competitions as the compete for the coveted, ‘Choir of Choirs.’

Friday 24th April – Sunday 26th April 2020

full schedule of events

The Maynooth Union was founded on the 27th of June, 1895, at a meeting held during the Centenary Celebration of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The object of the Union is to foster a spirit of mutual sympathy between the College and its past students and friends. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the diamond, Gold and Silver anniversary’s of our alumni.

9th June 2020 | College Chapel

Save the Date! This will be an evening of fun and reminissing for all Lay alumni. An opportunity to reconnect with your classmates.

We would love for all alumni to connect with us on Linked In. (Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College Maynooth) or by email

Please help us update our records by completing the attached questionnaire

Saturday 13th June 2020

To mark European Music Day, Maynooth 225 presents, ‘A Midsummer’s Day Bach Concert’ from Maynooth College Chapel with John O’Keeffe (Organ), Sharon Carty (Mezzo-soprano) and Christopher Ellis (Cello). This hour long presentation features classic sacred instrumental works for cello, voice and organ from the heart of the composer’s oeuvre.

If you live outside Ireland, check out our dedicated area for international students.

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