A Message from Maynooth

Today I started a new job, as Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University, in County Kildare in the Irish Republic.

I haven’t resigned my job at Cardiff University. I’m currently employed there only half the time – or at least that’s what my contract says! – and I’m joining Maynooth on a 50% basis also so I can do one job alongside the other. In particularly I will be teaching in Cardiff next semester as planned.

Although I will be sharing my time equally between Wales and Ireland for the immediate future, I do intend to relocate fully to Ireland, as and when this becomes practicable and can be done in such a way as to not have any impact on ongoing activities in Cardiff.

I’ll post more about Maynooth in due course, but today is filled with organisational things: getting on the IT system, arranging tax and related matters, and finding somewhere to live. In the meantime I’m staying in St Patrick’s House, part of the Catholic seminary on Maynooth University’s South Campus. It’s a lovely building, with rooms that are basic but clean, comfortable and very inexpensive. It was too dark when I arrived last night to take a picture of the place but here’s one from the net:

It’s not quite as summery at the moment, either. It was very cold when I arrived last night and that has continued into today. I will take a snap at some point, but there was a rather ugly-looking crane at the front of the building and would prefer to take a picture when it has gone!

I’ve never been in a seminary before. Although everyone I’ve met here has been wonderfully nice and friendly, I have to say the corridors have more than a hint of The Shining about them:

Anyway, that’s all for now. I hope to have some time at the weekend to have a look around Dublin, which is only 30 minutes or so away by train from Maynooth, and where I may end up living in the not-too-distant future!


17 Responses to “A Message from Maynooth”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:


    Now I now why you didn’t get a cat…

  2. Holy moly? Who knew?
    Welcome to the Emerald Isle! There are some very good physicists in Maynooth, but note that the fancy buildings are reserved for theology. Legend has it that the Catholic Church accepted a great deal of moola and a very nice seminary from England in exchange for keeping the peace

    • telescoper Says:

      I’ve heard it often enough that cosmology is a branch of theology!

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        The word was used in theology before it was part of physical science. A theologian would say that (some) astrophysicists study *physical* cosmology. But I think that’s not what you meant…

  3. Bryn Jones Says:

    Congratulations, Peter. I wish you every success in the future within the European Union.

  4. Congratulations on the new job, Peter!

  5. Anton Garrett Says:

    Your room is 1.7C? You’re not kidding that it’s cold there!

  6. It’s a lovely college and some new blood will be a big boon. I once eyed Maynooth with great interest, but they had zero interest in researchers in the history of science, the philosophy of science or the history and philosophy of science.. in common with all the Irish universities!

  7. Michael Kenyon Says:

    Good luck gadgie, hope it works out for you. I remember my last visit ‘back there’, the lads on the train from Bray to Dublin singing ‘ what should we do with a drunken Englishman..shoot, shoot, shoot the bastard’. Have fun, we did !

  8. Interesting times Peter. Good wishes to you. x

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