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Maynooth Castle is a great stone castle which was founded in the early 13th century and became the principal residence of the Kildare branch of the Geraldines. It is located in Maynooth, County Kildare and is open from the end of May until September.
The Kildare FitzGeralds emerged as one of the most power families in Ireland with Maynooth Castle being one of the largest and richest Earl's houses. The original Keep, constructed c.1203, was one of the largest of its kind in Ireland.
There is an exhibition on the history of the castle and the family in the Keep.