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Maynooth Paint - out

Time: April 29, 2017 from 11am to 3:30pm
Location: Cafe Bon Bon, Maynooth
Street: Mill Street
City/Town: Maynooth
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Event Type: paint-out
Organized By: Norah Blount
Latest Activity: Apr 29, 2017

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This sat we meet in Maynooth, Co.Kildare.  Lots of choice  here to paint from the street scenes, college grounds and of course the ancient Geraldine Castle which is easily accessed from Cafe Bon Bon where we meet at 11am

Here is a snippet of history I copied from the Castle website -

Maynooth Castle today The ancient name of Maynooth ‘Magh Nuadhat’ means the plain of Nuadhat. Nuadhat is referred to as the maternal grandfather of the legendary Fionn MaCumhail in the ‘Annals of the Four Masters’. In 1426 the sixth Earl of Kildare enlarged and rebuilt the castle. In the latter half of the fifteenth century, Maynooth Castle became the centre of the Geraldine powerbase, as the Earls of Kildare increased their strength of ‘rule’. This was something which the English monarchy disliked. The culmination of the developing friction between the Fitzgeralds and the monarchy was the rebellion of Silken Thomas (so called because of his fine clothes).

Silken Thomas alias Lord Offaly was a son of Garret Óg, the ninth Earl of Kildare. Thomas rose up in rebellion against the king who had arrested his father, and held him in the Tower of London. Thomas marched to Dublin Castle and threw down the sword of state, declaring himself an enemy of the king. However, his rebellion was curbed when he and his followers were defeated and the stronghold of Maynooth taken by the English. All those within the castle were put to death and this became known, ironically, as the ‘Maynooth Pardon’. Thomas, along with five of his uncles, was later executed in London. Maynooth Castle then became a royal castle and a popular residence for the Lord Deputies of Ireland.By the seventeenth century however, the castle had fallen derelict. It became the property of the Duke of Leinster and today only the ruined keep and the gate-house survive.

It provides an impressive entrance for Maynooth College, which was founded in 1795 and is famous for the education of the Irish Catholic priests.

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Comment by Irene Dixon on April 28, 2017 at 15:18

Sorry not to be there Nora. The Greystones Art Group exhibition is on this weekend in Charlesland Golf Club so we're all very busy! Hope to join up with you again soon.

Comment by Norah Blount on April 28, 2017 at 11:57
Hope to see you soon Irene and maybe we will venture closer to you soon - maybe the Japanese gardens with their beautiful lakeside iris collection and I reckon it's mid way for most of us

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