Towns of Kildare
Kildare Town —County Kildare
Kildare Town, a heritage town, is situated in west Co. Kildare. The town has a population of over 4000 people. Dating from the 5th century when it was the site of the original Church of the Oak, a monastery was founded by St. Brigid in 480AD. This became one of the three most important Christian foundations in Celtic Ireland. Today St. Brigid's Cathedral and Round Tower (8th Century) are major attractions in the town. Kildare Town is privileged to have one of the most visited attractions in the state, that being the Irish National Stud, Japanese & St. Fiachra's Gardens. The Japanese Gardens symbolises the Life of Man while St. Fiachra's Gardens was created to celebrate the Millennium. The Stud, contributes to the bloodstock industry by providing the service of top quality stallions to breeders.
The Heritage Centre and Tourist Office is located in the Market Square. Recently renovated, the Heritage Centre provides the visitor with a comprehensive history of the town.
The Curragh plains lie nearby. Flat and green for many square miles, it is a popular place for the locals and visitors alike. On the Curragh plains is the Curragh Racecourse. 'The Curragh', as it is known locally, is the HQ of flat horse racing in Ireland with a history stretching back to the 3rd Century. All five Classic Races including the Budweiser Irish Derby are held at the Curragh each year.