Welcome to The Curragh
Stretching from Kildare town to Newbridge, the Curragh is one of the country's largest tracts of unfenced grassland and the centre of the Irish horse-racing industry. The name derives from the Irish for 'place of the running horse', and they've been doing just that on this rolling sward since the 1700s, although there are tales of chariot races as far back as the 13th century. If you get up early or pass by in the late evening, you’ll see the thoroughbreds exercising on the wide-open spaces surrounding the world-famous Curragh racecourse.
Unremarkable Newbridge (Droichead Nua), at the east end of the Curragh, is best known for its shopping centres and silverware.