Maynooth College 1914–1918: A commemorative exhibition


EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

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The exhibition 'Maynooth College 1914–1918' was developed to commemorate the role of the Irish Catholic army chaplains in the First World War while also documenting the history of the college in this period. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

Commemorative activities

The exhibition was supplemented by a number of events which included a launch in April 2014 and a public opening during the National Heritage Week (August 2014). An event specifically aimed at adult learners included a guest lecture by the Military Historian Dr. David Murphy and a talk by Special Collections Librarian Barbara McCormack. The exhibition 'Maynooth College 1914–1918' was viewed by approximately 180 individuals to date. It was of particular interest to local community groups in the Maynooth and wider Co. Kildare, area. The event was also featured in local media and has generated interest from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University.

Visible impact

The exhibition and associated events were targeted at a wide audience which included adult learners from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth University and elsewhere, members of the local community, staff and students and general public.

The initiative was designed with the following goals:

  • To commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
  • To focus on local history during the period 1914–1918.
  • To assess the impact of the War on the day-to-day running of the College.
  • To commemorate the work of Irish Catholic army chaplains during the conflict.
  • To explore the relationship between the Irish and English Catholic administration at this time.
  • To explore the impact of the War on teaching staff.
  • To explore attitudes towards the threat of conscription in 1918.
  • To create opportunities for community engagement, specifically with regards to adult learners.
  • To encourage learning, reflection and dialogue in relation to Ireland and the First World War.

Maynooth College 1914–1918: an exhibition to commemorate WWI project

Project partners

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Russell Library and John Paul II Library, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare Ireland


Maynooth University website

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