Can anyone please help?
I am trying to establish if records for the seminarians at Maynooth during the period 1850 to 1860 still exist; and if so, where are they currently located in Ireland and are they available for inspection.
I understand that either the NLI or the National Archive holds an index of ordinations over the lifetime of the Seminary, but I am, primarily, interested in those students who - for whatever reason - failed to complete their studies.
My reason for asking is that I have recently learnt that my GGF, John Connelly, studied for a period at Maynooth during the 1850s; but, either on his part or that of the college authorities, it was decided that he did not have a vocation and he returned home to Co. Galway. He was born circa 1840 and married my GGM, Mary Ward, in Beagh Parish Church, Gort in 1861.