A spire also dominates the skyscape as you approach Maynooth signaling the presence of St. Patrick’s College which is co located with Maynooth University, a thriving campus offering courses to lay and religious students in disciplines including arts, sciences, finance and theology. Founded in 1795 as a seminary it became a symbol in Irish history for the reputed influence of the Catholic Church in national affairs. A diversion from the canal towpath to the town to view the imposing FitzGerald castle and the college campus itself would be well rewarded. Maynooth has a vast range of eating places. The towpath leads into the impressive harbour of Maynooth-another 18th century feature greatly enhanced by a restoration scheme. The triangular shaped basin has been dredged and bordered with stone walls and pathways. A small island has been left in the middle as a sanctuary for wildlife. Continue on the north bank with the by-now familiar companion of the railway tracks on the south and af- ter going under Bond Bridge, the walls of the Maynooth College grounds mark out the border edge of the towpath. An easy walk along a firm path takes you to the engineering curiosity of Jackson’s Bridge. Maynooth Rail Station & Harbour Jackson’s Bridge 16 COUNTY KILDARE’S TOW PATH TRAILS