The National College of Saint Patrick, founded 1795, through Dr Troy, Archbishop of Dublin, to satisfy the necessity of a Catholic College.
The "Dunboyne Establishment," a fund for the maintenance of a higher course of ecclesiastical studies, was bequeathed by John Butler, twelfth Baron Dunboyne.
The Aula Maxima, opened 1893, was presented by the Right Reverend Monsignor MacMahon of Washington.
Maynooth has sent out, more than 7000 priests; it is a recognized college of the National University.
See also the Maynooth College web site.
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