Kildare County Council is strengthening its ties with the global Kildare diaspora network, and wants you to be part of this community.

Kildare people are spread throughout the world and Kildare County Council is helping connect the global population to celebrate Kildare’s unique cultural heritage.

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The rich history of Kildare and its community 

County Kildare boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture from equine excellence to literacy legends. 

It is the spiritual home of St Brigid, the birthplace of the global brand Guinness and its founder Arthur Guinness, and the home of the great explorer Ernest Shackleton.

The county has a long association with Ireland’s Defence Force (and the British Army before that) at The Curragh and is known globally as the "thoroughbred county" given its vibrant equestrian sector. 

Kildare County Council is working alongside a diverse group of stakeholders, including businesses, community organizations, and individuals passionate about promoting Kildare.

The County Kildare Chamber continues to play an integral role in engaging Kildare’s diaspora with several international visits every year working with businesses already investing in Kildare, promoting Kildare-based businesses internationally, or assisting businesses looking to set up a base in County Kildare. In 2024, Kildare Chamber will visit Boston, Washington, Florida, Brussels, and more. 

INTO Kildare is the official tourism site of the County promoting Kildare’s glorious blend of history and heritage, and the bespoke offerings of the county’s towns and villages. Kildare offers a patchwork of visitor experiences such as quaint market towns, traditional pubs, and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or by bike.

Kildare is one of the most exciting places to visit in Ireland where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.  

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Exciting Events Ahead: Join us in celebrating St Brigid’s meaningful cultural and societal legacy

The year 2024 holds particular significance as it marks the 1500th anniversary of the death of St. Brigid, and Kildare County Council is proud to celebrate and commemorate St. Brigid: the woman, the life, and the legacy.

Following a hugely successful festival in February, the ‘Brigid 1500’ program continues throughout the year and will engage communities worldwide with the story and heritage of St. Brigid. To keep up to date on upcoming events, see

Sonya Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Kildare County Council comments, “The Irish diaspora maintains a web of interconnectedness across the globe that has supported us in nurturing Irish culture in many far-flung places.

"Global Ireland’s Diaspora Strategy 2020-2025 recognizes that our diaspora is comprised of many with varying degrees of connection to Ireland, something that is very evident in Kildare’s global connections. The Kildare Diaspora Engagement Strategy provides a strategic plan for engaging with those connected to County Kildare on a national and international level." 

Let’s share stories, make memories, and celebrate our Kildare roots together! Click here to register with the Kildare Diaspora Network and join us on Facebook and LinkedIn.