This lively town, the administrative centre of County Kildare, boasts a number of historic sights, as well as some pleasant pubs. Kildare takes its name from the Celtic Cill Dara, which translates as the church of the oak. According to legend, St Bridget, whose feast day is celebrated on 1 February, founded the church near an oak tree around the year 480. Kildare also has a real tradition of horse breeding and is home to the national stud.
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