Heritage, Arts & Culture

Kildare has a long, rich history, from being a corner stone of early Irish Christianity, a seat of the ancient Kings of Leinster to its foundation as a county by King Edward I. Every brick and stone of the many castles, grand houses, and important religious sites dotted through the rolling Kildare countryside has a story to tell. Killashee has been at the heart of this long history since its inception in the fifth century.

Athy Heritage Centre-Shackleton Museum is a must for anyone trying to delve into the culture and heritage of County Kildare. Ernst Shackleton was born close to the village of Kilkea and was renowned for his courage, his commitment to welfare of his comrades and his immense contribution to exploration and geographical discovery. The Endurance 1914-1916 expedition has become one of the greatest epics of human survival. Such an amazing tale and all about a local Kildare man. 

Kildare Town only 15 minutes from Killashee Hotel is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It originated in Pre-Christian times when it was the site of a shrine to the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Today it contains many historic buildings and ruins; the legacy of 1500 years of history. 

Naas town has had a long & colourful history. With An Nás meaning “the Place of Assembly” Nás Laighean meaning “Place of assembly of the Leinster Men”, and Nás na Ríogh meaning “Place of Assembly of the Kings”.

Come and explore the county Kildare with us!


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