County Kildare

Cill Dara, meaning ‘Church of the Oak’
Motto: Meanma agus Misneach ‘Spirit and Courage’

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Kildare

Once the site of a 7th century monastery, A Cistercian abbey & A convent

Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. co.Kildare was built in 1767. This was originally the site of the 7th century monastery of St Evin. In the 12th century it became a rich and powerful Cistercian Monastery and after [...]

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, County Kildare    7th – 18th century a. d.    Castledermot packs a big punch for having historical buildings. This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very [...]

St Brigid’s High Cross – Ireland’s first Spice Girl

St Bridget's High Cross is located in Kildare Town. co.Kildare. It dates somewhere between the 9th to the 12th century and stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget's Cathedral. The cross is [...]

The House of Tua, 2 buildings separated by a 1000 years & Ultan the Silent

Taghadoe Round Tower, Taghadoe. co.Kildare c.10th Century. This place derives its name from 'Teach Tua', meaning 'House of Tua'. St Tua, also known as Ultan the Silent, was the Abbot of Clonmacnoise who founded the [...]

One of our earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously ‘lived-in’ buildings in Ireland

Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of Ireland. This is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland. Leixlip means 'salmon [...]

37 owners so far including Eric Clapton

Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in 1288. Over the next 800 years it has passed into [...]

An important strategic site for thousands of years

White's Castle was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the inhabitants of Athy from the 'wild Irish'. This location on the banks of the River Barrow has been an [...]

St Bridget, an art school and a hidden Sheela-Na-Gig

St Bridget's Cathedral is located in Kildare Town in county Kildare. It was built c.1230 on the same site that St Brigid founded her nunnery in the 5th century a.d. It is believed that Brigid’s [...]

The Quakers, Shackelton and The Leadbeater Papers

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare        1726 Griesebank House was a former school for Quakers. It was founded by Abraham Shackleton in 1726, the fore father of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Quakers are a [...]

Shells from all over the World, Marianne Faithful, Queen Victoria & Princess Grace of Monaco

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare    1750 This stunning little house was built in 1750 for Emily Fitzgerald. She was a great granddaughter of Charles II who married James Fitzgerald in 1747 who resided [...]

A claimant to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland, The Wizard Earl & the Fitzgerald Dynasty

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare.    c. 1426 Kilkea Castle was built in 1426 and is a claimant of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland (as does Malahide Castle!) Originally a motte and bailey [...]

A masterpiece of sculpture & The second tallest High Cross in Ireland

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare   10th century a. d.   The Moone High Cross is regarded as a masterpiece among granite crosses. It is the second tallest in Ireland and is one of [...]

Once home to the most powerful family in Ireland

Carton House is located near Maynooth in county Kildare. It was built in 1739 for the Fitzgerald family and designed by the famous architect Richard Cassels whose other works include Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Russborough [...]

Ireland’s largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house

Castletown House is located in Celbridge in county Kildare. It is regarded as Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house and is significant in terms of European architectural heritage. It's façade was almost certainly [...]

Designed on a French Chateaux, the Ryder Cup & Jack B Yeats

The K Club is located in Straffan in county Kildare. The original building here, Straffan House, was built in 1832 during the Regency era by Hugh Barber of the wine firm 'Barber and Guestier' and [...]

The highest pub in Kildare & The only parish in Ireland that claims to have 2 racecourses

Brennan's Inn is located in Kilteel in county Kildare. This is a typical 'olde world' pub that boasts antique red brick walls, pitch pine woodwork and back bar, tiled floors and two Victorian open fire [...]

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. co.Kildare – c.12th century a.d

Rathmore is located in north county Kildare and is named after this 'Great Motte'. The Motte is a large flat-topped mound that was used as the'castle' headquarters for one of the Norman Fitzgeralds. In 1894 [...]

Unique 12th century Romanesque sculptures in an historic village

Kilteel Monastic Ruins are located in the historic village of Kilteel in county Kildare. This national monument dates to the 12th century and it's Romanesque chancel arch is unique in Ireland for the fact that [...]

The tallest and most elegant standing stone in Ireland

Punchestown Longstone, Punchestown. County Kildare      c. 1500 – 500 b. c. The Punchestown Long Stone is located near the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in county Kildare. This national monument is the tallest and one [...]

A unique and odd looking structure, The 1741 famine & The emblem of the Irish Georgian Society

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge. County Kildare    1742 This strange looking structure is known as 'Conolly's Folly' or ‘Conolly’s Obelisk’ and stands 140 feet high. It is composed of several arches and is adorned by stone pineapples, [...]

A french design, the K Club & the Barton and Guestierdue winery

Straffan Parish Church was built in 1838 and takes it's architectural design from France. This connection was through the local Barton family who built the nearby K-Club. Thomas Barton, originally from Buttevant in Co. Cork [...]

A pre-fabricated church, Odlums & Wolfe Tone

This very unusual church is a pre-fabricated structure consisting of a metal exterior and a beautiful wooden interior. The church was consecrated in 1973 however the structure dates from 1924. It was purchased and brought [...]

A burial tomb, a boundary marker or a scratching post for a friendly cow ?

The Craddockstown West Longstone is a national monument and is located facing the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in co.Kildare. It is hugely elegant and stands 15 feet high. There are a number of Long [...]

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. co.Kildare – 1742

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare         1742 This odd looking structure is The Wonderful Barn. It was commissioned as a famine relief project by Katherine Conolly. Katherine was the widow of William ‘Speaker’ Conolly of [...]

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