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Maynooth Castle, Co.Kildare

W end of Main St, Maynooth, Co.Kildare.
Three blocks survive, just outside the gate of NUI Maynooth.

Maynooth Castle (main block on LHS, and two other blocks).
Click to rotate.
From Google Street View.
Note that Google Street View goes inside the castle grounds. See street view inside the castle.

Maynooth Castle was built 1203, probably by 1st Baron of Offaly.
Seat of the Barons of Offaly.
Seat of the Earls of Kildare.
Enlarged and rebuilt by 6th Earl of Kildare 1426.
A College was established nearby by the 9th Earl of Kildare 1521.
Maynooth Castle was taken over by the Crown in 1535 after Silken Thomas' rebellion.
Restored to 11th Earl of Kildare 1552.
Restored under the 16th Earl of Kildare after 1630.
Ruined in the Irish Confederate Wars of 1641-53.
Abandoned by 16th Earl, probably about 1656.

Maynooth Castle on 1887 to 1913 map.
Shows main block on LHS, and two other blocks.

Maynooth Castle (main block on LHS).
From [Finerty, 1898].
See larger and full size.

Maynooth Castle (gate block and RHS block, main block hidden).
From NLI.

Maynooth Castle (main block on LHS).
Photo 2013. See full size.

Maynooth Castle (main block).
Photo 2013. See full size.

Maynooth Castle (main block).
Photo 2009. From here. By Bart Busschots.

Maynooth Castle (gate block).
Note the arms of Fitzgerald and Boyle.
Photo 2013. See full size and closer.

Maynooth Castle (main block).
View inside the grounds. See street view of this spot.
Photo 2007. See full size. From here.

Maynooth Castle.
This would be a view of the main block from inside NUI Maynooth.
Photo 2009. From here. By Bart Busschots.

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