During the World War ll an internment camp was built on the plains to house servicemen of either side who ended up on Irish soil. There were two compounds, 'G' camp, for Germans, and 'B' camp, for British and Allied servicemen. The first guests were 6 German airmen detained in Kerry.
Internees had a fairly easy time of it, eventually being allowed out for two evenings a week.
There is a movie about this period called "The Brylcreem Boys", which is available on Netflix.
The camp is currently the main training centre for the Irish Army and home to some 2,000 military personnel.
Kildare town has a fine 13th Century Cathedral and round tower. The tower is the 2nd tallest in the country, and one of only two that can still be climbed – inside, a series of long ladders between wooden platforms eventually bring you to the top, and an awesome view.
Today Kildare town is probably best known for its Designer Outlet Retail Village, which attracts thousands of shoppers in search of luxury premium brand bargains.
The Birth of motor racing
Kildare was selected as the venue for the 1903 Gordon Bennett Trophy, the first international motor race to be held in the United Kingdom – motor racing was illegal on British public roads at the time - partly on the grounds that the straightness of the roads would be a safety benefit. As a compliment to Ireland the British team chose to race in green which henceforth was known as British racing green.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just under an hour from the cottage
Belfast Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – just under 2 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under 2 hours from the house.