Discover the story of Kildare, at the heart of Irish History for Millennia6 min
The Heritage Centre is the hub of history in Kildare2 min
It is believed that markets were held here for a thousand years or more5 min
The story of Saint Brigid, one of Ireland’s most important saints7 min
St. Brigid's Cathedral stands on the site of the original Church of Brigid5 min
Explore the cathedral grounds to discover a high cross, a round tower and more!
The story of Kildare in the medieval period.
Little remains of the Norman fortress of Kildare constructed by William Marshall
One of Kildare's most famous sons, he was a well loved Irish patriot and hero.
The Courthouse was designed by the architect John Hargrave in 1829
The small red-bricked building was the old post office which dates to around 1850
Kildare has long been associated with horse racing
The long and varied history of the Lock Hospital and Military Barracks in Kildare
The eighteenth century infirmary
The Presentation Convent was opened on 15th April 1830
One of Ireland's first boxing superstars
St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church was built in 1833
Tully, The Black Abbey, the Irish National Stud and Gardens and St. Brigid’s Well
The Square was originally the site of the Fair Green
The Grey Abbey is a Franciscan foundation which dates to around 1254
We hope you have enjoyed your tour through thousands of years of Kildare’s history.
This audioguide, produced in conjunction with Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Kildare Tidy Towns, Cill Dara Historical Society, The Grey Abbey Conservation Project and Kildare County Council, will lead you around the wonderful Heritage Town of Kildare.
Kildare’s origins stretch into the distant past. Overlooking the Curragh to the south-east stands Dún Áilinne, the seasonal home for a series of ancient Leinster Kings, and the legendary band of ancient warriors, the Fianna, hunted over the plains of the Curragh. It is with the arrival of St. Brigid that this area became famous throughout the Christian world.
Kildare later became a key base for the Norman invaders and their famous leader Strongbow, and the audioguide describes how Kildare was the scene of tragedy during the 1798 Uprising. In its later history, Kildare became a venue for aristocratic horse racing enthusiasts, and a vital stage in Ireland's first great motor race.