Anyone else get stuck for presents for Father’s Day each year?
I’m sorry, Mother’s Day is a breeze but sometimes even dads get fed up with socks and aftershave.
Get him something different this year, depending on his interests. Go on – Dare to care in Kildare!
Kildare County Show
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Have a family day out in Athy this Father’s Day with a visit to the Kildare County Show at the show grounds.
With oodles of activities for the kids as well as a Barley n’ Beer craft beer exhibition, it’s a win-win for the dads to suss out the best of the locally produced craft beers.
There will also be a new food fair marquee and for the kids in all of us – there’s a Lego exhibition in conjunction with Brick.ie to include intricate models of Heuston Station, Customs House and more.
Drive your dad mad!
In a good way!
Bring him to Mondello and treat him to a lap around the course.
Motor racing experience, supercar experience, BMW car experience, hot laps – the list is endless but the choice is all your dad’s to make with a voucher. Brownie points here to be picked up!
On Father’s Day itself, Mondello will hold the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship round two and three. You can feel the excitement building already.
Golfing is par for the course on Father’s Day
@CartonHouse is one of Ireland’s greatest stately homes and was formerly the ancestral home of the Fitzgerald’s, Earls of Kildare. Now a world class hotel, the 1,100-acre private parkland estate features two championship golf courses. Nearby attractions include the Japanese Gardens, the Irish National Stud and the Butterfly Exhibition. • • • • • #golfstagram #golfislife #golfclub #tourism #travelingram #igtravel #intokildare
Let your dad have a potter and a putter around some of the finest golf courses in Ireland, sited around Kildare.
Twenty clubs are affiliated to the Golf Union of Ireland via its Leinster branch and two of these – the K Club at Straffan and Carton House in Maynooth operate a pair of premier parkland courses. The Curragh is one of the most historically important clubs in Ireland, as it’s course, dating back to 1852 is regarded the oldest in the country.
You also have Palmerstown House, Naas, Moy Valley, Dunmurray Springs and Palmerstown House to choose from.
Get your dad a pressie to the Abbeyfield Country Pursuits where he can take part in an array of activities such as clay pigeon shooting, an air rifle range, archery and horse trekking – just don’t stand in front of him!!
Abbeyfield Country Pursuits in Clane, is set in over 240 acres of countryside with expert tuition provided for each activity.
You’ll have your dad hook, line and sinker if you bring him fishing for Father’s Day. Among the idyllic spots are Nurney Lakes where you can try your hand at fly fishing to catch some rainbow trout.
There’s also Lyreen Angline Centre in Maynooth where you can choose from Carp in the main coarse lake or rainbow trout in the small bait lake.
You can also head for the Curragh Springs Fishers which is a natural spring fed lake covering five acres. It has only recently opened up to anglers and is a fly-fishing only venue.
Get your dad to take a day off and go racing on the Monday, June 18th where there is summer flat racing at Naas racecourse.
The additional fixture for this season includes the Midsummer Sprint Stakes in a full seven race card.
Get your dad to blossom
Is your dad green fingered? Does he love gardening. Kildare has it all.
A multitude of garden centres for him to ogle and choose his next shrub or hanging basket. These include Caragh Nurseries in Naas who stock a fantastic choice of trees, hedging and shrubs over 55 acres or Johnstown Garden Centre, which was founded by John and Elsie Clarke in 1974 and attracted 500,000 visitors last year to what they say is Ireland’s largest plant selection and garden store.
If you dad just loves wondering about pristine clipped hedges and acres of wildflowers, then it’s a trip to one of Kildare’s noted gardens for him this Sunday.
The Japanese Gardens are a must see, as is Burtown House in Athy which features enviable shrubberies, a rock garden, a sundial garden and a walled organic vegetable garden that has been in continuous production for over 150 years/
Larchill Arcadian Gardens in Kilcock is the only surviving, near complete ornamental farm garden of its type in Europe, originally finished in 1780. It includes tree lined avenues, flowing water, lakes, areas of light and shade and beautiful framed views.