By Barbara McCormack, Special Collections & Archives
We are currently hosting a very interesting exhibition in the Russell Library to mark the anniversary of World War I. ‘Maynooth College 1914-1918’ was developed to commemorate the role of Irish Catholic army chaplains in the First World War while also documenting the history of Maynooth College during this period.
- 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.
- To encourage further research in the area of conflict resolution and military history.
The exhibition and accompanying events focused on local history during World War I through an analysis of the following themes:
- Daily life in Maynooth College during the First World War.
- Meeting the need for Irish Catholic army chaplains at the front.
- The threat of conscription in Ireland.
- Irish nationalism during World War I.
- A German professor at Maynooth College.