Kildare Town Library


Books at Kildare Town Library




The new Library offers a bright airy space in a central location. A unique feature is a specially commissioned glass art work entitled “Light on Literature” by artist Elke Westen and is on permanent display in theLlibrary.


Kildare Town Centre

Claregate St

Co Kildare

045 520235

Tuesday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Wednesday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Thursday 1.00pm-8.00pm

Friday 9.30am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm

The library has the following facilities:

  • Adult, young adult and children’s lending areas
  • Study area
  • 8 public access computers.
  • Local and national newspapers.
  • Adult and children’s literacy collections.
  • Large print and audio Books.
  • DVDs Console games CD’s and CD listening station
  • Language learning packs
  • Local Studies / Irish Collection
  • Block loans for schools – please enquire Bibliotherapy collection
  • Community meeting room
  • Community Information
  • Adult, children and outreach Book Clubs.
  • Storytelling sessions

March Events at Kildare Library

All of our events are free of charge and open to everyone

‘The Way We See It’ – Art Exhibition

Monday March 1st – Saturday March 31st Time – Opening hours.

Artists from Rath Studios exhibit their work ‘The Way We See It’

 in Kildare Town Library during opening hours.

Everyone welcome to view this exhibition.



Video Games Workshop

Saturday March 1st Time – 2pm – 4pm

Joe Murphy’s   ‘Video Games Workshop’ in Kildare Town Library.

Suitable for over 15years.


 Programme for Secondary Schools

Video Games Workshop

Wednesday March 5th, 12th 19th and 26th. Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm

As part of the Secondary Schools Programming Joe Murphy will facilitate video games workshops in the Curragh Post Primary School (FOR SCHOOL ONLY)



Seachtain na Gaeilge

Thursday, March 6th Time 10.30am

Déardain , 6    Márta –

“Bígí ag damhsa”

Beidh ceol, damhsa agus craic ag St. Anne’s School, Curragh agus An Gaelscoil,

Cill Dara le Vicky Barry School of Dance.

(Schools only)


World Book Day   

Thursday, March 6th Time Open Door

Check out a book!    See library recommendations for a really good read!

Share a book!           Share your favourite titles with fellow-borrowers!

Request a book!       We’ll borrow or buy it for you!

Review a book!         Tell us what you thought and we’ll tell everyone else!


Aontas: Adult Learners Festival ‘Social Media for Silver Surfers’

Thursday, March 6th, 13th, & 20th Time 1pm – 2.30pm

Clodagh Maher will hold computer classes aimed at library members 55+ which will explore online services such as booking flights / paying motor tax etc. and social media such as facebook / twitter / skype.

There is currently a waiting list for these classes, but please contact Kildare Town Library to add your name to the waiting list.


Carmel’s Storytime

Friday, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Time -11am

Carmel will host a children’s storytelling session in Kildare Town Library.

Suitable for 0 – 5 years

No booking necessary

Family event   – Everyone welcome.



Citizens Information

Friday, March 7th Time 10am – 12noon

Citizen’s Information Service (CIS) provides a face-to-face service to the public; giving free, impartial and confidential information relating to social services.

No booking required

Everyone welcome


Wordsmiths Writers Group

Saturday, March 8th & 29th                Time 11am – 12.30pm

Kildare Town Library’s creative writing group will meet on Saturday March 29th  at 11am – 12.30pm. New members welcome.



Seachtain na Gaeilge

Dé Céadaoin 12ú   Márta

 Wednesday  12th  March, Time 11.30am – 12.30pm

Scéalaíocht le h-aghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Beidh scríbhneoir agus file Gabriel Rosenstock I láthair ó 11.30am – 12.30pm,

12ú Márta.


Storytelling to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Writer and poet Gabriel Rosenstock will be in library from 11.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesday 12th March.







Programme for Secondary Schools

Film Studies

Wednesday March 12th, 19th and 26th.     Time 1.50pm – 3.50pm

As part of the Secondary Schools Programming Wayne Byrne will host 3 Film Studies Workshops for transition year students in St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin.   (FOR SCHOOL ONLY)



Primary Inter-School Debating  Final

Thursday March 13th,        Time 11.30am

St. Brigid’s  N. S. Kildare Town V Scoil Bhríde, N. S. Athgarvan


Adult Felting Workshop

Thursday March 13th            Time 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Miriam Brady will give an adult felting workshop in Kildare Town Library.

Places Limited

Booking essential.



‘Think Tank’  Adult Discussion Group

Friday March 14th     Time 6. 30pm

Do you have an opinion and are willing  to share it?

Join men and women from all walks of life who are interested in promoting good conversation and debate by interpreting world issues in the neutral, welcoming space of your local library.

This month’s topic? ‘Religion and its role in world conflict’

Dr. Patrick Claffey, Assistant Adjunct Professor of World Religions, Trinity College Dublin will give a power-point presentation and lecture. Dr Claffey’s areas of speciality are in World Christianities and in Asian Religions. He is currently President of the Irish Society for the Academy Study of Religions (ISASR).

No booking necessary

Everyone welcome.



Talk on ‘Study Skills for Teens with Dyslexia’

Thursday, March 20th        Time 7pm

Occupational therapist Dorothy Armstrong is hosting an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and teenagers themselves. This event is free.

It will cover the following issues

·         Understanding how dyslexia can impact studying

·         Preparing to study

·         Using your own language style

·         How to read to understand

·         How to take notes

·         Memory strategies


No booking necessary

Everyone welcome



World Poetry Day

Friday, March 21st

Exhibition of poetry from Kildare based Wordsmiths Writers Group in Kildare Town Library. Open invitation to library borrowers to submit a poem for inclusion in the exhibition. For further information please contact Kildare Town Library


Book clubs in Kildare Town Library

There are several book clubs in Kildare Town Library. Each club meets once a month to discuss a book they are reading. There are places available.

Book club 1.  Claire’s  adult book club ‘A Novel Bunch’.

Wednesday, 5th March, Time 11am – 12noon.

Book club 2. Margaret’s children’s book club ‘Ham Sandwich Book Club’

Wednesday, 5th March, Time 3.30pm – 4pm

Book club 3. Anna’s adult book club.

Saturday, 8th March, Time 11am – 12noon


For more information
please contact Kildare Town Library
Tele: 045 530235
or just ask at the desk.


Agapé Restaurant & Gourmet Sandwich Bar


Just off Market Sq, this trendy little Cafe has a fine range of homemade food. There is a full coffee bar and a menu of salads, soups, sandwiches and tasty hot specials.


Station Road, Kildare

Phone: 045-533 711

Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Sat


Desmond Groome


We are a family owned veterinary practice which operates from our Hospital in  Kildare Town and clinic in Portarlington. For a quotation for a Vet service, consultation or procedure or if you wish to find out more about our Grooming, Boarding and Pet Food Range, please call 045 521507 or email :

Our spacious Clinic and Boarding Kennels in KildareTtown on the South Green Road ( same road as the Kildare Animal Foundation).

Harte’s Bar & Grill


At Harte’s we have an extensive menu which will, we believe, satisfy all tastes. We are renowned for our ‘Steak on the Stone’ cooking style, which, allows the customer to cook their steak at their table. Add our vegetables, sourced from local artisan producers, our menu is sure to have something for everyone.

As well as having the restaurant beautifully refurbished by EMS Design, Harte’s boasts the most intimate bar in Kildare Town with the largest selection of beers and cocktails.

Looking forward to 2013 we also hope to open our townhouse which will comprise six en-suite rooms. Making Harte’s the perfect place to stay in Kildare Town.

Address: Market Square, Kildare, Co. Kildare

Phone: 045 533 557

Hours: Sun 12-9p.m.

Mon-Thu 12-9:30p.m.

Fri-Sat 12-10p.m.

Kildare Business Listings


Kildare Town Business Directory


This page is a listing of many of the businesses in Kildare Town. Members of the Kildare Chamber of Commerce are highlighted by a link to a more detailed listing – if you are not listed & would like to be, please let us know.


Kildare House Hotel

Lord Edward


Advertising & Event Management

Alan Bannon Signs

Fit Marketing



Kildare Architects



Conway Auctioneers

McWey Auctioneers


Creches & Pre-School

Bright Beginnings



M & C Joinery


Dental, Medical & Optical

Kellehers Opticians

Kildare Medical Centre

Kyne & Mulrennan

McHughs Chemist

Whelans Pharmacy



Kildare Building Supplies



Kevin Prendergast


The Turf Club



Financial Services

Bank of Ireland

Ken Herbert & Co.

Kildare Credit Union

Kildare Post Office

Michael J. Joyce

McMahon & Co



Forget me Not Flowers

Violets Floral Design


Hair & Beauty


Mathew Keating Hair Studio

Karen’s Hair Studio

Roches Barbers


Health & Fitness



History & Heritage

Kildare Town Heritage Centre


Human Resources

HR Department


Local Artists & Designers




Modus Link


Solicitors & Legal

Rory De Bruir

D’Arcy & Co.

Mary Bennett & Co.



Chapman’s Garage

Fitzpatricks Garages

Thomas Heffernan Tyres



Kildare Physiotherapy, Sports Injury and Pilates Clinic



Agape Gourmet

Hartes Bar & Grill

Square Coffee


Security Services

Kennedy Security


Sport & Recreation

Cill Dara

Dunmurry Springs

Nurney Lakes




Centra Melitta

Kildare Farm Foods

Kildare Village


Rowanville Store




Taxi & Transport

Cill Dara Cabs

Page’s Mini-bus Hire



JJ Mahon & Sons



Groome Vets






Main Street, Kildare
Telephone: 045 521780


A classical example of what the customer should find in a traditional Irish Pub.


Dates for upcoming gigs, we’re calling it “Up Close & Personal”

Friday 12th The Roadhouse Doors….Tickets €10….Doors 8.30pm
Friday 3rd October Paddy Casey…..Tickets €18….. Doors 8.30pm
Friday 17th October Declan O’Rourke…..Tickets €20…..Doors 8.30pm
Friday 7th November Liam O’ Maonlai…..Tickets €12….. Doors 8.30pm
Friday 6th December Bunnscionn…..Tickets €10….. Doors 8.30pm

Keep posted for details on our Emerging Artists FREE gigs which will be held once a month Upstairs @ Cunninghams!!


The exterior is bright and inviting with a well maintained shop front enhanced by original signage and well tended flower boxes for extra life and colour. Although the windows are dressed with Victorian stained glass screens enough is left to view the old world charm that exudes from within.

Inside the pub is testament to all that is unique in an Irish pub. It is dimly lit with a large open fire and full of nooks and crannys where intimate conversations may be held in private. Indeed “Guinness and Co” recognised this special atmosphere when choosing Cunninghams as their location for their “Christmas 2005″ poster campaign.

As one reporter summed it up “Cunningham’s is the type of place where you go to meet family and friends when you return to the old sod for your Christmas Holidays“. Indeed our greatest accolade to date has to be our exclusive award for “Local Bar of the year” atThe Licensing World Bar Awards.

Our extensive “Thairish” Irish and Thai menues have been carefully created by our in house Thai and Irish Chefs led by Head Chef Damain Doyle who has many years of creating food delights under his belt, so if you are looking for hearty comfort food to be enjoyed by the fire or want to go further afield and sample Thai cuisine at its best, Cunningham’s is the spot. We look forward to welcoming you and yours to our wonderful pub!











About Us


Kildare Chamber of Commerce Board Members:

Name Chamber Position Business
Amanda McDermott Treasurer Bank of Ireland
Brian Flanagan Member of the Exec. Silken Thomas
Ciaran Clarke Vice Chair Roches Barbers
Eileen Kavanagh Chair
Emily-Kate O Conor Secretary Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Frank McMahon Member of the Exec. Frank McMahon & Co
Ger Conway Member of the Exec. Top Oil
John Brett Member of the Exec. Centra
Maureen Bergin Member of the Exec. Kildare Village Outlet
Michael Joyce Member of the Exec. Joyce Accountants
Michael McWey Member of the Exec. Michael McWey & Associates
Pamela Moore Member of the Exec. Square
Paul Lenehan Member of the Exec. Hartes Bar & Restaurant
Rachel Doyle Member of the Exec. Cunninghams
Suzanne Doyle Member of the Exec. is an initiative of the Kildare Town Chamber of Commerce that will highlight and showcase Kildare Town as the place to visit, attract more visitors, inject income and create exposure for business and community groups alike, by hammering home the message that Kildare Town is Ireland’s No 1 Day Trip Destination.


  • To ensure that a strong relationship exists between the Chamber of Commerce and the business community in Kildare Town and to help promote economic development in Kildare by embracing and encouraging new ideas and creative thinking.
  • To promote advocacy and community leadership by facilitating, where possible, projects/events/initiatives that are for the betterment of businesses and community in Kildare and which add value to Kildare Town and promote it as a better place in which to live and do business.


Chamber membership is steadily increasing and is now the largest community organisation in Kildare Town. Members of the Chamber are typically Kildare people who love the town, living, working and doing business here.
Our rapidly growing population has attracted some of the best enterprises including the Kildare Village Outlet, several large supermarkets and supports many small businesses. Between them, they provide a rewarding working environment for the people of Kildare.

For more information on Kildare Chamber of Commerce please feel free to contact Secretary, Emily O Conor on

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