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Fathers Day Ideas For Your Kildare Dad

Anyone else get stuck for presents for Father’s Day each year? Treat your Dad to a day out this weekend in Kildare – from golfing, car racing, fishing and more, there’s a tonne of fun things for you and Dad to do together!

Get him something different this year, depending on his interests. Go on – dare to care in Kildare!


Kildare County Show


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 to include intricate models of Heuston Station, Customs House and more.


Drive your dad mad!



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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


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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 Active


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.


Cast away


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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.




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If your dad just loves wandering 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.