Newsletter: A Year in Review (December 2017)


In December 2017, we published the first of our quarterly newsletters. This aims to inform businesses and groups in the town about what has happened over the last quarter and update on important developments that may effect them or their business. To view the newsletter, please click the link below. We will release Issue 2 in March 2018, please be sure to contact us if you have anything for inclusion.

Kildare Chamber of Commerce A Year in Review final

Kildare Town is Officially the Cleanest in Ireland.


In January this year, Kildare Town won the award of Ireland’s cleanest town by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) group.

The last time we entered, many years ago we placed 16th so this award is a true testament to the work that is tirelessly being done in Kildare to keep the town clean.

The Tidy Towns group in Kildare along with members of Kildare County Council do a Trojan job keeping our town looking beautiful along with the help of many other people in our community.

Kildare Town Wins Merit Award @ Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Competition


At an awards ceremony in Roscommon Town yesterday evening, 7th December , Kildare Town won a merit award from Bank of Ireland for our entry to the Enterprise Town Competition.  This is a great honour, as just 6 merits were given out from 20 towns entries in four different counties.

In November this year, Solas Bhride hosted a presentation organised by the Kildare Chamber of Commerce to three judges from Bank of Ireland for the new initiative, Enterprise Town. The event was a real success and a true testament to the wider Kildare Town community. On the day, and on very short notice, many different business and community groups were represented and for their participation and very hard work, the Chamber would like to thank the following community groups, clubs, businesses and their representatives, you know who you are!

  • Des Scahill, our presenter for the day
  • Amanda McDermott & the team at Bank of Ireland
  • Tadgh McDonnell, Director of Services for the Area, Kildare County Council
  • Paul Lenehen, Chairman, Kildare Chamber
  • Kildare County Council
  • Kildare Farm Foods
  • Hartes of Kildare
  • The Silken Thomas
  • Gibney’s Garden Preserves
  • NMA Meats
  • De Bruir Leather Craftsmen
  • Agape Cafe
  • Candella
  • Natalie Collins
  • Emma Hollindrake
  • The Curragh Racecourse
  • Kildare Village
  • St. Brigid’s Cathedral
  • Kildare Town Heritage Centre
  • Kildare Castle
  • The Hive Youth Club
  • Kildare Medical Centre
  • RACE
  • The Irish National Stud & Gardens
  • Kildare Lions Club
  • Ex-Servicemen Group
  • St. Brigid’s Boxing Club
  • Cill Dara RFC
  • Round Towers GFC
  • Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages.

Three County Kildare pubs make the Michelin Guide.


guidpub3110_620_427_100Three pubs in Kildare are recommended in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2016.

The Ballymore Inn, in Ballymore Eustace, Fallon’s, Kilcullen and Harte’s of Kildare Town are all included in the prestigious guide.

The guide includes 32 different pubs that are spread across 15 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland. With only Cork, Clare and Down getting more recommendations that Kildare, it is a great achievement and shows the talent in Kildare. Well done to all involved!

Sources: The Irish Times / Kildare Now

Kildare’s Thoroughbred Run, off the blocks again for 2016!


The annual Thoroughbred Run will take place this year on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June.  This fun run-or-walk, which is supported by us here at The Chamber of Commerce among many other local businesses, will start from Market Square and take a 5k route around Kildare which cuts through the beautiful Irish National Stud.

You can sign up online on the Thoroughbred Run website, by post to  9 Rathbride Abbey, Kildare Town, Co Kildare (be sure to print & complete the application form first) or in person at The Kildare Town Heritage Centre in Market Square, Kildare Town.

Will Kildare Town benefit from the sale of Magee Barracks?


Last February 2016, Magee Barracks in Kildare Town sold to a mystery bidder at auction for €8.2million – a little above the guide price of just €2.5million. Before the auction Magee Barracks was in the ownership of The Department of Defence.

So, will Kildare Town benefit from it’s sale?

Well, the good news is that although it was a mystery bidder who bought the site, this was completed through BBF Capital Partners who have stated that the site was indeed bought by an Irish client who has “extensive property development experience”.  BBF Capital Partners will work with Kildare County Council to develop the site and The Councils’ development plan is quite clear about stating that anything built within the town must be a welcome addition (so no skyscrapers then!).

Financially, the town should also do well from this sale.  In 1998, the Department of Defence made a written agreement to Kildare Town that they will pass on some of the proceeds of the sale of Magee Barracks to the community. This should amount to €1.64million. It remains to be seen if this agreement will be honoured but we will certainly be watching the process and will keep you informed as to its progress.


Sources: / Kildare Now

Kildare Town Medieval Festival 2015


The first ever Kildare Town Medieval Festival will take place on Sunday 23rd August 2015 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm.  It promises to be a fun day out for all the family with an exciting mix of events taking place in three key locations in the town.

Kildare Town Park will play host to Fire Juggling, Archery, Battle Re-enactments and Craft Demonstrations.

St Brigid’s Cathedral will have guided tours at 2pm and 3pm and organ recitals at 2.30pm and 3.30pm.  There will also be a Falconry Display and Story Telling, finishing with a Concert at 5pm.

And a fabulous Craft and Food Market will run throughout the day in Top Nolan’s Car Park.

Further information is available from Kildare Town Heritage Centre or visit the facebook page here.

Car Treasure Hunt in aid of Kildare Boxing Club


Car Treasure Hunt

Sunday, 4th January 2015

The Square, Kildare Town

12 noon, Cars leaving between 12pm and 2pm

€10.00 per entrant and €30.00 maximum per car

Suzanne Doyle would appreciate your support for the following event in aid of the Boxing Club in Kildare Town.

If you are unable to participate please promote with friends, family and Facebook. It’s a great day out for family and friends. Exercise the grey matter after Christmas with funny and taxing clues that will bring you around the highways and byways of our town.

All support welcome for this very good cause.

Thank you in advance for your support

Kildare Town Christmas Lights


Watch this space for exciting news about the switching on of Kildare Town’s Christmas Lights. Coming soon.

New Irish short film seeking producer and screen writers



Pádraig J. Dunne, writer and director of The Cloak, is looking for a producer and writers to collaborate on a new short film project entitled ‘Cursed’. It’s a short film in the Horror/Thriller genre and for this he needs a producer with extensive experience and a writer with experience working on screenplay and script editing.

This project is for submission to the Kildare County Council and Arts Council for funding so only people who are really serious about their craft and with sufficient experience need apply. Pádraig will be directing this project, along with composer, Padraig Meredith, Director of Photography, Alan Rogers, shooting on camera 1 Black Magic URSA, camera 2  (Panasonic GH4), Camera 3 5DMk2. They have extensive experience working on projects with large special effects components, high quality productions including green screen, large ship sinking scenes, 1930s New York street scenes, aerial photography and major musical productions. This project will be shot using only a professional cast and crew from Co. Kildare, focusing on North Kildare. The funding application is due on 6th October 2014, so the second draft and a draft budget needs to be ready for that date.

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