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Naas, Ireland

by leafmcgowan

"About Naas"

Inbetween Dublin and Kildare (as well as Cork, Limerick, and Waterford) is the little town of Naas, Ireland. "Naas" or "An Nás" means "The Place of Assembly". It has also been calls "Nas Laighean" which means "The Place of The Leinstermen" or as "Nás na Riogh" which means "The Place of Assembly of the Kings". In early times it was the seat of the King of Leinster and the North Mote is where the ancient royal palace once stood. It is believed St. Patrick came here and had camped on the site of the now present Protestant Parish Church. The Normans fortified the city and then plundered by Robert and Edward Bruce in 1316. The modern Church of Ireland now resides in what was once a Norman Castle and part of the towns fortifications. The last of the Kings of Naas as a King of Leinster was Cearbhall who died in 989 C.E. It was here that one of the first battles of the Rebellion of 1798 took place when 1,000 rebels were defeated in an unsuccessful attack on the town. Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the United Irishmen is buried just outside the city at Bodenstown. With a population of 16,000+, Naas is the 15th largest town in the Republic of Ireland and with new developments expects to have a population of 30,000+ in the near future. The town has a library, a tax office, a new Gaelic Athletic Association club, a large new public swimming pool, a leisure center, an athletics club, a range of schools, the Naas General Hospital, a horse racecourse, a soccer club, a tennis club a hockey club, a rugby club, two major nightclubs including the famous 'Time' nightclub, a five-screen 3D cinema, several pubs, five supermarkets, county council offices, two Roman Catholic Churches (The Church of Our Lady and St. David dating from 1827), one Church of Ireland, one Presbyterian Church, a number of hotels and the new Moat Theatre. Naas hosts one of the largest scouting groups in Ireland with 2 Beaver nights, 3 cub nights, 3 scout nights, and a very large venture group as well as a proposed rover group.

An Nás

by lbhspatriot

"The Place of the Kings"

Naas is the biggest town of county Kildare in Ireland, it got its name from the irish expression Nás na Ríogh that means Meeting Place of the Kings. It is a busy commuter town (as many people live there but work in Dublin) but it has ist own manufacture and amenities. It is home for Intel and Hewlett Packard.
Naas is a good place for shopping, and I mean posh and expensive designers outfits (that even on sale cost over 100 euro), as for living there it is a nice community with many local pubs, supermarkets and parks.

"THE place for Music lovers"

What is Naas mainly known these days around Ireland? of course, the Oxygen Music festival! This is a major music event that is held at Punchestown in the second weekend of July, the town is literally packed during these period of time. If you want to come to oxegyn you might want to take a bus from Dublin (the city is great at organising good transport during these days) or come to Naas and camp out for a several days.


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