A History of County Kildare
Very flat, Kildare. It is the flatness of this great limestone plain with its rich pastures and its proximity to Dublin that has made Kildare a place of importance since the dawn of history. Early Christian settlements prospered here of which the Convent of St Brigid was the most famous. The Normans, with their infallible eye for good land, quickly made it their own and built a series of great tower houses and castles to defend the Pale from the Gaels of Wicklow and the south midlands. The county was the home of the Geraldines, the Leinster branch of the FitzGerald family, which completely dominated political life in late medieval Ireland, and later went on to be the only ducal family in Ireland.
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Earliest Times to Fourth Century AD
Norse Norman and Geraldine
Ramparts Rebellions and Raiders
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Abbey army Athy attack Aylmer Ballitore Ballymore Eustace Barony barracks Barrow battle became began Bermingham Bishop Canal Carbury Carlow Carton Castle Castledermot Catholic Celbridge century Chapter Christianity church Cill Clane Clongowes Wood Clongowes Wood College College Conleth Connaught Cork County Kildare county's Curragh Camp Desmond diocese Donadea Dublin Duke of Leinster Earl of Kildare Edward Eireann English FitzGerald force Gaelic garrison Gearoid Geraldines Gibbet Rath High King Hill of Allen Horse House included Ireland Irish James John Kilcock Kilcullen Kildare County Kildare town Kildare's Kilkea killed Land Laois later Leixlip Lieutenant Liffey Lord Maynooth Meath Michael military Monasterevin monastery Mullamast Munster Naas Newbridge North Kildare Norton Lab O'Connor O'Neill Offaly Ormond Parliament Patrick peat Power FF Prosperous racing Rathangan rebellion rebels received Richard Royal Saint Brigid Sallins soldiers South Straffan Thomas Timahoe took place turf Ulster United Irishmen Wicklow William Wogan