A History of Maynooth College Chapel: 1845 to 1905.
Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
The principal aim of this administrative study is to contextualise
the history of Maynooth College Chapel. The objective is to
elucidate the facts and circumstances which form it's history. As
the present study had not been researched to any great degree
the investigation is conducted through interpretation and
observation of primary source material.
Three main perspectives are adopted in order to highlight
the national character of the chapel. The first perspective is
political in it's nature. It is developed essentially throughout the
first chapter. Early legislation for the college and it's
consequences for the chapel are assessed. The decisions taken to
initiate and to proceed with the chapel project are reviewed.
Effectively chapter one sets the scene for the following chapters.
The socio-economic perspect is the second perspective
employed in the study. It sets up the background framework for
the second chapter. This chapter deals primarily with the funding
of the great edifice. The erection of a chapel worthy of the
national college was a large undertaking. This chapel was the first
college building erected by means of public subscription. This
chapter reviews the appeals and the collections made towards the
chapel fund. The relationship between Catholic Ireland and the
college is thereby appraised. The key personalities associated
with the fund-raising drive are evaluated. Essentially, this
chapter examines the interests and investments of all this
involved in the chapel project.
The last perspective adopted is that of a physiographical
kind. This is highlighted throughout chapter three. The chapter
sets out to outline the distinctive features of the college chapel,
which have set it apart from contemporary chapels. The
architectural style of J.J. McCarthy (architect of the chapel) is
appraised. Each stage of actual construction from the chapel's
inception to it's completion is assessed. This chapter also
examines the arduous task of completing the tower and the spire.
It concludes on a note of a satisfying accomplishment.
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