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Kildare

Kildare is one of the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland.

It is in the province of Leinster.

It has an area of approximately 655 sq miles.

It has a population of approximately 187,000 people.

It is the twenty-fourth largest county in Ireland.

The county town of Kildare is Naas.

The Irish name for Kildare is Cill Dara meaning Church of the Oak. St Brigid built her cell under an oak tree hence it is called Cill Dara, the Cell or the Church of the Oak.

Dún Ailinne near modern day Kilcullen was the seat of the King of Leinster.

Kildare was established as a county in 1297 under the Anglo-Norman Fitzgeralds.

Leinster House in Kildare Street, Dublin was built by the Fitzgerald family.

It is now the seat of the Irish Parliament.

The first Irish Parliament met in Castledermot, Co. Kildare on 18 June, 1264.

The highest point in Kildare is Cupidstown Hill, 1,243 feet.

Kildare is bordered by six counties.

These are Carlow, Dublin, Laois, Meath, Offaly, and Wicklow.

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