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

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

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site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2020-05-04T12:00:54+00:00

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 1172

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One of the earliest Norman castles & continuously occupied buildings in Ireland Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of [...]

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 11722020-05-07T06:57:31+00:00

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.1500

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Only 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 [...]

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.15002020-05-01T13:30:34+00:00

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 1417

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An important strategic location for thousand 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 [...]

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 14172020-04-29T17:47:03+00:00

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 1726

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The Quakers, Shackelton and The Leadbeater Papers Griesebank House was a former school for Quakers. It was founded by Abraham Shackleton in 1726, the forefather of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Quakers [...]

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 17262020-05-04T11:43:36+00:00

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 1750

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decorated with millions of shells, Queen Victoria & Princess Grace of Monaco This stunning little house was built in 1750 for Emily Fitzgerald. She was a great-granddaughter of Charles II who married James [...]

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 17502020-05-07T07:01:06+00:00

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 1426

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A claimant to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland & The Wizard Earl Kilkea Castle was built in 1426 and is a claimant of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland (as [...]

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 14262020-05-06T13:36:38+00:00

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th century

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The 2nd tallest High Cross in Ireland The Moone High Cross is regarded as a masterpiece among granite crosses and dates from the 10th century. It is the second tallest in Ireland and [...]

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th century2020-05-04T11:46:40+00:00

Carton House, Maynooth. County Kildare 1739

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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 [...]

Carton House, Maynooth. County Kildare 17392020-05-03T18:20:27+00:00

Castletown House, Celbridge. County Kildare 1729

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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 [...]

Castletown House, Celbridge. County Kildare 17292020-04-29T19:36:50+00:00

The K Club, Straffan. County Kildare 1832

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Designed on a French Chateaux, The Ryder Cup & Jack B Yeats The original building here, Straffan House, was built in 1832 during the Regency era by Hugh Barber of the wine firm [...]

The K Club, Straffan. County Kildare 18322020-04-26T16:08:23+00:00

Brennan’s Inn, Kilteel. County Kildare c.1900

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County Kildare's highest pub and the only parish that claims to have 2 racecourses Brennan's Inn is a typical 'olde world' pub that boasts antique red brick walls, pitch pine woodwork and back [...]

Brennan’s Inn, Kilteel. County Kildare c.19002020-05-02T14:26:27+00:00

The Great Motte, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century

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Norman skeletons, a great motte & The Fitzgeralds 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 Great Motte, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century2020-05-03T17:32:34+00:00

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century

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Unique 12th-century Romanesque sculptures  These monastic ruins, now a national monument, can be found in the historic village of Kilteel. The 12th-century Romanesque chancel arch is unique in Ireland for the fact that [...]

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century2020-05-04T16:13:39+00:00

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare 1742

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A unique odd-looking structure & The emblem of the Irish Georgian Society This strange-looking structure was built in 1742 and is known as 'Conolly's Folly' or ‘Conolly’s Obelisk’. It stands 140-feet high and [...]

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare 17422020-04-29T17:25:49+00:00

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 1838

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A french design, the K Club & the Barton and Guestierdue winery Straffan Parish Church was built in 1838 and takes it's architectural inspiration from France. This connection was through the local Barton [...]

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 18382020-04-25T16:23:36+00:00

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare 1742

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Ireland’s most famous folly (but it isn't really a folly) This odd-looking structure is The Wonderful Barn. It was commissioned as a famine relief project by Katherine Conolly. Katherine was the widow of [...]

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare 17422020-05-01T13:37:27+00:00