Situated at the confluence of two rivers, The Rye & the Liffey, Leixlip has an abundance of outdoor activities and trails. Stand in awe at the unusual corkscrew shaped building, the Wonderful Barn, let the kids run wild at Fort Lucan, and take in a game of golf at the magestic Palmerstown Estate.
As the largest town in Kildare, Newbridge has a lot to offer. Take in a show at the Riverbank Arts Centre, pick up a special trinket in the famous Newbridge Silverware or take in a hard fought GAA match.
Kildare is rich in culture, heritage, shopping and attractions. Spend a day at the races at the world-famous Curragh Racecourse, snap up designer deals in our shopping outlets and foodies will delight over the array of award-winning restaurants and gastro-pubs.
Out in rural Naas you can de-stress on country activities like horse riding, golf and visits to grand old estates. Naas is on the 18th-century Grand Canal, which is pretty as a picture, and of course, the area is rich in equine culture with numerous racecourses and stud farms.
The historic town of Maynooth is Ireland’s only university town and a vibrant hub full of walks, cafés, eateries and things to do. It is bookended by Maynooth Castle at one end of the town, and 17th century Carton House at the other.
Clane (“the slanted ford”) is a place of legend and history. As a crossing point of the Liffey, it has been settled since the Stone Age. Walk the scenic banks of the Liffey or visit an animal farm with the family.
This picturesque market town on the banks of the River Barrow is the birthplace of famous Arctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Take a leisurely boat trip whilst soaking up the medieval surroundings.
Discover the rich history and heritage of this charming Liffeyside village. Explore the story of Arthur Guinness, walk the tranquil canal banks and visit some of the ‘Big Houses’ of Georgian Ireland.
Below are some of the activities we have coming up:
January 24th The Today Show live broadcast from the Irish National Stud & Gardens – to promote activities and hospitality in Kildare as well as promoting history, Brigid’s connection with Kildare and our peace ambassadors for County Kildare who will help spread the word and get people involved in our global pause for peace on Feb 1st and 12 noon
January 26th Appearance on the Late Late Show – Be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize from the incredible Carton House and Kildare Village
January 28th Procession of the relic to Kildare town parish church – A Relic of St. Brigid will be coming to Kildare Parish on 28 January 2024, ahead of St. Brigid’s Day, to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the death of our patron saint, Brigid of Kildare. It will form part of the Sunday 11 am mass and will be a marvellous occasion for Kildare. All welcome.
February 1st Illumination of Hill of Allen – We will light up the Hill of Allen and call for a global pause for peace on the 1st of Feb at 12 Noon
“A group of 13 secondary schools in County Kildare together with Into Kildare, the Tourism Board and Solas Bhríde Centre & Hermitages have joined forces and launched its second global “Pause for Peace” movement.
This “activation” will take place on the 1st of February 2024, Saint Brigid’s Day, when the young people of County Kildare will call on people all around the world to stop for a minute’s silence at 12.00 noon (local time). The launch of the “Pause for Peace” movement took place in Solas Bhríde Centre & Hermitages before the students visited Saint Brigid’s Well in Tully and The Curragh Racecourse.
John Hayes, who is the Principal of Kildare Town Community School, said:
“ ‘Pause for Peace’ recognises the dreadful suffering and injustices that are happening all over the world, and its objective is to ask people to stop and reflect on how they can promote peace in their own communities and, in turn, around the world.”
Seventy “Peace Ambassadors” have been selected from secondary schools around Co. Kildare. Their role is to promote and speak about the Pause for Peace movement and to be involved in various environmental, sustainable and climate change activities.
Between 3,500 and 4,000 secondary school students will create a “human Saint Brigid’s Cross” formation on the Curragh Plains on the 1st of February.”