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County Kildare / Co. Cill Dara

Kildare is a rich green pastureland with many hedge lined roads and with splendid stud farms. The National Stud is in Kildare town as are the attractive and exquisite Japanese Gardens next door - and both are open to the public. The headquarters of the horse-racing industry are a focal point of the Curragh and the visitor will also find a grand 18 hole golf course there. Also there are the headquarters of the Irish Army, with its 7 separate barracks, named after the signatories of the "Proclamation of Independence" who were executed after being arrested at the General Post Office in Dublin in 1916. Occupying the west and north-west of the county is the Bog of Allen.

If you are visiting the Japanese Gardens you must also visit The Irish Pewtermill (ask them for a map); and you can see the pewter being made in Timolin village, the birthplace of the craft in Ireland today. The first Irish luck spoons were made here and they still are, and today you can see plates, trays, bowls, cups as well as Celtic Jewellery.

Close to Dublin is Naas (Assembly place of the Kings) which was the site of the royal palace of the Kings of Leinster. So the visitor can enjoy both the night-life of the capital and the sporting life of the country.

St. Patrick's College in Maynooth (Nuat's Plain) is the training centre for Catholic diocesan clergy in Ireland; and nearby is Carton House, former residence of the Dukes of Leinster and the traveller will find this well worth a visit.


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