Kildare or Cill Dara in Irish, means ‘Church of Oak’. It is a town in County Kildare, Ireland, and the place where Saint Brigid founded her Monastery in the 5th century. St Brigid’s Cathedral still stands in the centre of the town. The Curragh lies to the east.

Not too far away, on Dún Ailinne, lived the King of Leinster who donated the site to the holy woman. The story goes that Saint Brigid asked the King for some land to set up her Monastery and that the King had offered her as much land as her cloak would cover. When she spread out her garment, it miraculously stretched out to embrace the entire Curragh. True to his promise, the King gave her the fertile plain, and from there, the new community and town of Kildare grew.

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