In exciting anticipation of telling you about the awesome Maynooth Castle, what better way to test your Archaeological tastebuds than to link you to an amazing 360 Degree view of the Castle, compliments of www.pano.ie , a.k.a Mr. Florian Knorn (who also took this photo).
Here is the Castle, in all it’s glory.
Not only has he an all encompassing view of the Castle ground from the outside, he’s also connected it so that you can navigate easily into both basements in the Castle, and to the top of the Castle itself. Nifty stuff.
Here is the church (and here is the steeple) of ‘All Saints’. It’s found north of Maynooth, out the Moyglare Road and seen on the left, here. Upon reading two local history books, I really can’t tell you that much! Lucky for you, there are very nice pictures so they’ll do the work for you.
It’s a Church of Ireland church (and parish I’m told). The church that’s there now is actually built on an old site. The old church existed from at least 1202 but there is not much known about it. This new church that stands there now was built in 1866 by Edward McAllister. The Graveyard situated here predates the church however, and is actually an inter-denominational Graveyard. The book ‘Myth and Memory’ below has an index of the location of over 80 Graves and their inscriptions. It’s worth checking out if you’re into graves, only ten euro in your local bookshop!
Norman Kilcloon 1171 – 1700 by Gerard Rice
Myth and Memory: The History and Story of the Graveyards of Maynooth. Edited by Hilda Dunne, Rita Edwards, Padraig O Murchu, Fergus White.
Where in Maynooth would you find this? Prize for first correct answer!
I hope to get my hands on some maps of Maynooth ‘back in the day’ soon. I have a contact breaking into an antiquarian’s house as I speak (not true), so be patient. Until then, I just want to point out the usefulness of google maps for this blog. I put up a mark where every site is around the area, and linked it back to my blog. So no excuses for not finding these places for yourself. The link is here.