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St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

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St Patrick's College, Maynooth, is the "National Seminary for Ireland", and a Pontifical University, located in the village of Maynooth, 24km from Dublin, Ireland. In 2015–16 there were approximately 80 men studying for the priesthood at Maynooth, 60 resident seminarians and approximately 20 non residents. The college and seminary are often referred to as Maynooth College. The college was officially established as the Royal College of St Patrick by an Act of Grattan's Parliament in 1795. Thomas Pelham, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, introduced his Bill for the foundation of a Catholic college, and this was enacted by Parliament.In 2017, the Irish Times reported that an unnamed former seminarian had reported alleged sexual touching by a college priest to the college's president and vice-president; the college's "internal complaints panel which investigated his claims did not find any grounds on which to discipline the priest." The Irish Times reports that this former seminarian will soon "file a formal complaint against the priest" connected to the college.Degrees are awarded by the Pontifical University at Maynooth, which was established by a Pontifical Charter of 1896. The Pontifical Charter entitles the university to grant degrees in canon law, philosophy and theology.
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  • Although there were plenty of students wandering about and the university was still functioning before summer break, there was nothing to see at St. Patricks since even the church was shut up. Ask bef...  more »
  • Walking into the south campus is to be presented with a marvellous vista of the earlier buildings that are home to the National Seminary and Pontifical University. We visited on a gloriously sunny day...  more »
  • We went to downtown Maynooth after work for a walk and dinner. After visiting the castle, we wandered over to the college. The grounds were well-tended and we found some beautiful buildings. I'm glad ...  more »
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