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24 things Kildare people know to be true

Where were you on that fateful day in ’98?


1. The bus to Time nightclub is a rite of passage

And if you were lucky you’ve seen Mundy/Bell X1/Paddy Casey/Joey Essex there. Time was such a novelty when it opened that people were bussed in from surrounding counties. The glamour.

time Source: Facebook

2. Not forgetting the Silken Thomas, Swifts, Mantra and The CI Bar

Bastions of Kildare Town, Newbridge, Maynooth and Athy nightlife.

bh Source: Facebook

3. But you have fond memories of dancing at the Ambo

The Kill village institution, sadly no longer with us. Manys the young lad and wan got the shift here.

ambo Source: ebookers.ie

4. Or tipping over to Carlow if you’re from Kildare South

The Foundry holds many precious memories/pukes.


5. You know the significance of Renee Zellweger and the Tesco in Celbridge

You do. Don’t you?

The legend goes that Celbridge Romeo Damien Rice was romancing Hollywood superstar Renee Zellweger, and that the pair were spotted trying to procure a small trolley in the car Tesco carpark.

The glamour.

1112186862_f Damien Rice and Renee Zellweger. Together, but not at the Tesco in Celbridge. Source: Fotolog

6. Horses. Horses everywhere

7. Sure, it’s the home of trainer Ted Walsh

And his jockey son Ruby. And Grand National winners Papillon and Commanche Court who lived out their days in the paddocks in Kill Village. Kildare is so proud.

Papillon Kill Grand National winner Papillon returns to Kill in 2000, with owner Ted Walsh. The thoroughbred arrived back at 6am but in the Dewdrop Inn many of the 2,000 villagers were still celebrating the victory. Source: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency


8. One of the Rolling Stones lives near Sallins

Ronnie Wood. That’s the one. Was a frequenter of Superquinn in Naas until it closed down (RIP).

sandy Ron Wood's house at Digby Bridge near Sallins Source: Google Maps

9. You know the horror of Oxegen traffic

Although you found it quare handy to be fairly close to Punchestown when you wanted to go.

Oxegen Music Festivals Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

10. And Electric Picnic traffic, come to mention it

Kildare is just a thoroughfare from Dublin to Stradbally. That BLOODY N7.

11. But you’re endlessly thankful for the Newland’s Cross Flyover

Our Lord and indeed saviour.

Newlands Cross Motorways Upgrades Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

12. And how about that Castledermot bypass?


13. The whole county is fierce proud of Ray D’Arcy

Kildare Town’s famous son.

.  Pictured in Stephen's Gr Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

14. And Christy Moore

Source: Rena/YouTube

15. And St Brigid

cross Source: wikimedia commons

16. There used to be a rumour about someone stuck in the Big Ball At Naas

And it’s actually called ‘Perpetual Motion’, thanks very much.

Naas_8281 Source: Михал Орела

17. Forget Wicklow, go west to Donadea Forest Park

Donadea Source: TomJByrne

18. Everyone’s nearly gone on their snot in the Japanese Gardens at least once

Bridge of Life Source: Heraldk

19. And has footed turf in the Bog of Allen

Turf's up Source: ballymorebugle

20. Whitewater in Newbridge has a Tiger AND a multiscreen cinema

But we’ll never forget Dara (and Dara II) in Naas and Newbridge’s original Oscars.

tumblr_nna8ap3yRu1utj8xso1_540 Source: Tumblr

21. This is a common sight (thanks to the Curragh Camp)

22. People see it as a public transport no man’s land

Kildare is a hub of some of the country’s major networks. People are always getting stuck there.

23. Forgot Trinity or UCD. Maynooth University has everything you need

24. Kildare were ROBBED in 1998


Glen Ryan and Jarlath Fallon 27/9/1998 Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

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