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St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is the national seminary for Ireland and a Pontificial University. The college and seminary are often referred to as Maynooth College. Having opened in 1795, it remains Ireland’s only major seminary. It is closely linked to NUI Maynooth, which was founded in 1997 from St Patrick’s faculties of Science, Arts and Celtic studies, with the faculties of Philosophy, Canon Law and Theology remaining as St Patrick’s College degrees. It shares a campus with NUI Maynooth but remains a separate legal entity. As part of the Erasmus programme, St Patrick’s College has bilateral agreements with faculties of theology in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. View available accommodation >>

Popular student accommodation areas

St Patrick’s College is part of NUI Maynooth, which currently houses nearly 900 students in resident halls on the north campus. Every apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen with dining area and sitting room and good study facilities. Many have en-suite bathrooms while all have internet access. At least 40% of the campus accommodation is reserved for first years. The residence office also maintains a database of off-campus accommodation although the compact nature of Maynooth means there are numerous popular areas for students to reside, including the Moyglare Road. A large number of students also live in Celbridge and Leixlip, as well as Lucan in Dublin, which are only around 15 minutes away.

Local amenities

Maynooth is a small town but comes with a number of superb pubs and restaurants. There are branches of SuperValu, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl as well as a shopping centre at Manor Mills that includes a Dunnes Stores. A number of high street stores are located here, with many more at the Carton Park centre. In sporting terms the GUI National Golf Academy is located in the town and has a driving range, putting green and short game area. Elm Hall Golf Club also provides two 18 hole pitch and putt courses. There are also a number of equestrian centres and riding schools in the area while motor racing is available at nearby Mondello Park.

Eating out

Maynooth has an extensive selection of places to eat. Restaurants include Italian, Chinese, Thai and Indian as well as traditional or modern cuisine. There is also a large number of places to grab a coffee or tasty snack. Amongst the most popular places for students include The Bagel Factory, Brady’s Clockhouse, Caulfield’s, The Coffee Mill, Contemporary Chinese Cuisine, Donatello’s, Saint’s Bistro, Keogh’s, Lemongrass Restaurant, Maximus, Mohana Indian Restaurant, The Roost, Rebel Pizza, Royal City Chinese Restaurant and Twist Café.

Night life

Maynooth has a lively enough social scene. Some of the most popular pubs for students include The Roost, The Leinster Arms, The Clockhouse and Caulfield’s. The Glenroyal Disco is also popular while many students also socialize in Leixlip, Lucan and Celbridge, as well as Dublin City on occasion.

Public transport routes

The train to Maynooth leaves from Pearse/Connolly station so is easily accessible for a lot of students who live near to rail, suburban rail or DART services. You will also find that there are a number of buses operating directly from some areas. These include private buses from: Templeogue, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Kells, Navan, Trim, Dunboyne, Carlow, Athy and Cavan.


There are almost 1,400 car parking spaces on both the north and south campus that have been designated separately for staff permit holders, student permit holders and pay and display users. The Maynooth GAA pitch on the Moyglare Road is also used as an overflow car park while there is also an additional 54 spaces available at the Newtown Inn.