Maynooth mā´no͞oth, māno͞oth´ [key], town (1991 pop. 6,027), Co. Kildare, E Republic of Ireland. It is the seat of St. Patrick's College (1795), the principal institution in Ireland for training Roman Catholic clergy, now a constituent college of the National Univ. of Ireland. Some of the buildings were designed by A. W. Pugin . Near the college are the ruins of Maynooth Castle, also called Geraldine Castle, founded c.1176. It was besieged in the reign of Henry VIII and dismantled in the 17th cent.
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