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County Kildare (Irish: Contae Chill Dara) is in Ireland's East Coast and Midlands. It is south of Dublin and also borders County Wicklow and County Laois as well as County Meath.


Map of County Kildare

  • 1 Naas (Nás na Ríogh, "Meeting Place of the Kings") – county town
  • 2 Athy (Baile Átha Í, "town of the ford of Ae")
  • 3 Carbury
  • 4 Clane (Claonadh)
  • 5 Newbridge (Droichead Nua)
  • 6 Celbridge (Cill Droichid)
  • 7 Maynooth (Maigh Nuad)
  • 8 Kildare (Cill Dara, "church of the oak")
  • 9 Leixlip (Léim an Bhradáin)
  • 10 Lowtown
  • 11 Straffan (Teach Srafáin)


Kildare is known as "the shortgrass county", revealing its fame for sheep farming in the plains to the south. It is the horsebreeding capital of Ireland and home to the Curragh Racecourse, as well as many studfarms. Historically, it was inside the Anglised area known as "The Pale" and ruled by landlords such as the Fitzgeralds. County Kildare is Ireland's wealthiest county outside Dublin with many middle and upper class residents mainly in the north east of the county eg Naas and Maynooth. The largest town is Naas with a population of 30,000 and is also is the county town.

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  • In Kildare see the Japanese Gardens and the Irish National Stud Farm.
  • Castletown House, Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, W23 V9H3 (From M4 take Exit 6 for R449 Castletown), +353 1 628 8252, . Palladian mansion open for tours during the summer, serves food and is also a concert venue, with organic farmers market at weekends


  • Go to the races: The Curragh is at Newbridge near Kildare, while Punchestown is south of Naas.
  • Golf: There are some excellent golf courses in Kildare, such as The K Club (which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup), Carton House, and Castlewarden Glof Clubs.


Naas and Kildare town have the most choice.


See Kildare and Naas for a selection of pubs and hotel bars.

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