Maynooth seminary responds to incorrect media reports

23 Mar 2011


23 March 2011

Maynooth seminary responds to incorrect media reports

Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, said today that speculative media reports suggesting that the national seminary may close “are without foundation”.

Monsignor Connolly said, “There are 72 men studying for the priesthood in Maynooth, making us the largest seminary on these islands and one of the largest in Europe.  Media reports today about the possible closure of the seminary are without foundation.  The media outlet leading with this incorrect story was sent a reply from us yesterday and its absence from the published copy is disappointing and damaging.

“Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, is a vibrant centre of seminary formation and theological research.  In addition to our 72 student priests, we provide academic formation for an increasing number of non-resident seminarians from religious orders, and for 366 lay students.”

Monsignor Connolly concluded, “Maynooth is confident of its contribution to the future of the Church in Ireland.  The Apostolic Visitation to the seminary was a positive and affirming experience for the whole College community.  It generated a spirit of hope and enthusiasm which will no doubt play a significant part in the renewal of the Church in our country.”


Notes to Editors

St Patrick’s College Maynooth is the National Seminary for Ireland and has been forming men for the priesthood since 1795 –

The Trustees of the College are the Governing body of the College. The membership is defined by successive Acts of Parliament. The current Trustees are the four Archbishops of Ireland together with 13 other senior bishops. The College comprises the seminary and the Pontifical University, which offers degrees in theology, philosophy as well as theology and arts.

The website for the vocations directors of Ireland is available on An electronic map, contact and other details for the 26 dioceses on the island of Ireland are available on

Further information: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678