County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
County Kildare is situated in Ireland's south west and has Meath, West Meath, Offaly, Laois, Wicklow and, of course, Dublin as its neighbours.
Kildare is probably best know for its horseracing connections as it is not only the home of The Irish National Stud at Tully but hosts some of the biggest horse racing meetings in Ireland at Punchestown, Naas and The Curragh where the Irish Derby is held.
In 1945 The Irish National Stud Company was formed. Its primary aim was to promote the interests of the Irish Bloodstock industry with a view to improving the quality of bloodstock in Ireland by providing the services of the high-class stallions on the farm. The Stud is set amid 958 acres of lush County Kildare parkland, the centre offers equestrian accommodation across 288 boxes where the visitor can get close to some of the world’s fionest mares, foals and stallions.
This is also the home of the tranquil and beautiful Japanese Gardens which offer the visitor an exotic oasis in which to wander and wonder at nature’s oriental magnificence. Laid out between 1906 and 1910 by Japanese horticultural experts Eida and his son Minoru, these superb and exciting gardens are carefully themed to mirror the journey of the human sprit and are worthy of a visit while at the stud.
Other attractions to be found in this county Kildare are:- Moone High Crosses and Church, Castledermot round Tower, Crosses and Church, Ardscull Motte, Kildare Heritage and Genealogy Company, Steam Museum, Kildare Cathedral,
Kilteel Church and Castle, Castletown House, Moyglare Manor.
The major towns within this county are Athy, Kildare, Newbridge. Naas, Clane, Celbridge, Straffan.
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