Kildare

County Kildare is in the eastern province of Leinster

Naas  is the county seat and largest town.

Newbridge is the second largest town, situated near the Curragh plain.

Straffan is the home of the K Club Golf Course which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006.
Leixliptown is the industrial center with large Intel and Hewlett-Packard facilities.

In Maynooth, which is the historic educational centre of the county you will find the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
County Kildare is the hub of Ireland’s network of major roads.

The N4-M4 from Dublin to Sligo travels along the north of the county.

The N7-M7 from Dublin to Limerick runs through the county and is  referred to as the Naas Dual carriageway because when it was originally up-graded in 1964 from  double lane carriageway, one of the first of its kind in Ireland.

The N9-M9 starts at Kilcullen and ends at Waterford.

Dublin commuter train service called the Arrow services Kildare, Newbridge, Sallins and Hazelhatch

Canals
Kildare was the center of Ireland’s inland waterway when it was constructed in the 1830s, connecting Kildare with Waterford, Dublin, Limerick and Athlone.

The Royal Canal still forms the boundary with County Meath to the North.

Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth has its European Manufacturing base in Newbridge, with another plant in nearby Newcactle in County Dublin.

The Irish Army’s largest military base, its command headquarters, and its training center at the Curragh.

At Allenwood and Timahoe are  large peat burning power stations operated by the state.

Kildare is the center of the Irish horse industry.

Kildare has more stud farms than any other county in Ireland, and has three important racecources at Punchestown, near Naas, and at the leading flat national racecourse at the Curragh.

Kildare is also home to the state owned national stud farm, the national equestrian center in Kill.

Several prominent international breeders have substantial stud farms in Kildare, including many from the middle east.
Kildare is famous worldwide for its horse racing.

The Curragh course is the home to all five Irish Classic Flat races. Punchestown Racecourse is the home of the National Hunt Festival of Ireland, and Naas Racecourse is used by top race horse trainers as a test for horses preparing for the Cheltenham festival.

The county is famous for the quality of horses bred in the many stud farms including the Irish National Stud’
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