10 things you can’t help but love about Kildare
Kildare is one great place to live and has a little bit of magic for everyone.
If you're into the outdoors, you've got the forests, a canal, a bog and acres of trails and exciting places to explore. But, on the other hand, if you're idea of splashing around in puddles of muck, wearing your anorak and wellies is a no-no, don't fret. There's something for you too.
Here are 10 reasons why we LOVE Kildare.
1. It’s the kind of place a Rolling Stone would live
Between Christy Moore and Ruby Walsh, Kildare folk are used to mingling with stars, but throw a Rolling Stone into the mix and it's a different ball game altogether.
Ronnie Wood has supposedly fallen in love with Kildare life and is regularly spotted out and about with his family in Naas.
Don't be surprised if you bump into him down the local!
2. Fine stallions everywhere
Whether it's the Curragh, Punchestown or down the local high street, there are horses everywhere.
Kildare is home to world famous horses, trainers and jockeys so not just any old pony, or place, you know.
Nowhere beats Kildare when it comes to shopping - there's Kildare Village, Newbridge Silver and a host of fabulous boutiques scattered around the county.
4. And, it's a great spot for a pint
Ireland isn't short of pubs but Kildare pubs are the kind where you go in for one but stay for ten.
A favourite of ours is Mooney's in Monasterevin - they pour a cracker of a pint and there's always a bit of banter at the bar.
5. Ray Darcy
Need we say anymore?
6. Maynooth University has everything you need
The education is first rate...Kildare folk are an educated lot.
7. The beautiful countryside
Whether you're taking a hike through Moore Abbey Wood or checking out The Bog of Allen, you'll be blown away by the beauty of it all.
Walking the dog, taking the kids the park, jogging, cycling, or just going for a stroll is easy around Kildare.
8. Mondello Park
Mondello Park is Ireland's only international motorsport venue located in Caragh. If you fancy yourself as a Formula 1 driver, pop down for a spin. They also host regular concerts and festivals throughout the summer.
9. Close to Dublin
If you plan on visiting friends and family in the big smoke, you're only a short spin back on the motorway so you'll miss out on nothing.
10. Friendly folk
Greenery, parks, shops and horses, they’re all good. But Kildare isn’t just a place. It’s a community and it’s full of warm, genuine people – and people really do make Kildare.