Societies on campus
NUI Maynooth has a vibrant society scene.
There is a colourful history of drama at NUI Maynooth, which can be traced to eminent alumni such as Brian Friel (1948) and faculty such as internationally-renowned playwright Frank McGuinness. The Drama Society won Best Society at the Students Union Clubs and Socs Awards 2006 and again in 2007. Students of the university and St Patrick's College take part in various dramatic productions throughout the year, ranging from tragedy to comedy, melodrama, farce and improv. The Society's Improvisation Team won the 2009 ISDA Improv event. NUI Maynooth Drama Society annually confers the Eugene Niland Spirit of Drama Award on a recipient who demonstrates an extraordinary level of dedication to the craft of theatre, complete with a display of integrity and honorable principles in the practice thereof. Sinéad Mawe was the inaugural recipient.
Maynooth Christian Union is a multi-denominational, Christian, faith-based society which operates as a part of IFES Ireland (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) along with 25 other Christian Unions in Ireland. Its aim as a society is to unite Christian students on campus, to bear witness to the Gospel, and to promote meaningful dialogue on the NUI Maynooth campus. The Christian Union was awarded "Best Pastoral Society of the Year" 2008/2009 at the Maynooth Students Union Clubs & Socs Awards.
Other societies include those for music, dance, biology, drama, art ('Playdo'), fashion ('Spotlight'), mathematics, literature and debating ('LND'), St Vincent de Paul, as well as political societies/groups.