ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE CAMPUS – NO STUDENTS TO BE SEEN
Maynooth University consists of two connected campuses: an older southern campus, with 19th-century buildings, shared with St Patrick’s College, and, across a public road, a modern northern campus.
Maynooth University was formally established as an autonomous university as recently as 1997, yet traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, making it, simultaneously, Ireland’s youngest university and one of its oldest educational institutions.
Maynooth has an international reputation for research in humanities; social and spatial sciences; mathematics, communication and computation; and human health.
In the 1990s the EU kindly organised and paid for me to undertake a post-grad in “UNIX – Core Kernel” and I was a bit surprised that I had to travel all the way to St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth every day for the duration of the course. At the time I did not understand the distinction between Maynooth University and St. Patrick’s College and am still a bit confused.
I was the only person from Ireland on the course and I met some very interesting people from Europe, Africa and Asia and the professor in charge was from China. The tutors were from Ireland and Britain. So, it was a bit sad to see the campus devoid of students because of Covid-19.