After the foundation of three "Godless" colleges at Dublin, Cork and Galway, a grant of thirty thousand pounds was made to appease the bishops of Ireland for the construction of St Patricks Seminary at Maynooth, Co Kildare.
This upset both Catholics who seen it as a bribe, as well as Protestants who were not in favour of funding Catholic institutions. This led to the Anti-Maynooth Conference which was hosted in London in May 1845 by Conservatives, evangelical Anglicans and the Protestant Association to campaign against the Maynooth Grant.
The architect was Augustus Welby Pugin, who built three sides to St Marys Square at the college (pictured is the front of one of these buildings, St Marys square is behind this building and features a beautiful contemplative garden) in plain 13th century gothic style, as the construction started at the height of the gothic revival.
Pugins buildings at Maynooth are considered severe, and not particularly appealing, although personally, I quite like the campus.
Pugin was appalled that he did not get to build the college chapel (pictured far right of image), and instead, this honour was given to the Irish architect JJ McCarthy.
St Patricks is now the only major seminary left in Ireland.
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JFS (32453) 2012-05-08 3:49
Gorgeous composition, crystal clear image, beautiful architecture...I love it!
joso (2417) 2012-05-08 3:55
good note to an excellent quality photo
perectionists may say it is minimal tilt, I don't care, good colours, the few clouds are a +,
delpeoples (48634) 2012-05-08 9:40
An immaculate photo, with superb contrast, good strong yet natural colour and a fantastic perspective. The low Point of View is amplified by the black road splaying out in this way and leading the eye right to the gates of this "Godless place". Nice work - and great to see blue skies over the Emerald Isle.
Thanks for sharing
macjake (45588) 2012-05-09 9:52
another fine piece of architecture.
I really like the width of the scene, how it fills the frame, my eyes dart from side to side.
excellent lead in aswell, with the long dark road.
I wonder how it looks inside.
raszid62 (18583) 2012-05-10 23:45
The beautiful building seminar and a wonderful church by to it. Very well-planned composition of the image. Wonderful colors and perfect sharpness of the photograph.
Meglodon (107) 2012-05-17 13:52
Hi ya Noel,
Excellent shot, great composition, clarity & detail. Love the central leading line leading up to the full width building.
Very informative description.
npecanhuk (56368) 2012-05-17 19:48
Although I miss a bit more of sharpness, I love the chosen pov, composition, exposure, colors and horizontal format!
TFS - congrats,
EstelleJ (921) 2013-02-08 10:05
Great composition and light! I, also, enjoy reading all the notes you post with your photos. They help me learn about history of Ireland and its amazing castles, ruins and cathedrals.
Thank you for sharing it!
serp2000 (33133) 2013-11-23 3:22
Hi, dear Noel,
I'd like to add the horns sounds as a music background for this marvelous photo! So ceremonious point of view, attractive panoramic composition and marvelous colors combination, I like this postcard style! Well done!
Have a good weekend!
Periko (1385) 2013-12-08 14:28
Beautiful and imposing building, Noel. Good POV, good light and warm colors. Excellent work.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (13356)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-06
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-08 3:46