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By Philip Powell

County Kildare is among the richest counties in eire for antiquities. certainly, the earliest written documents of pre-Christian eire from the Greek historian Ptolemy, in his map of eire of c.100 A.D., exhibits an inland city that perhaps Rheban at the River Barrow, close to Athy. From the stone circles & status stones of the Bronze Age; the Iron Age Royal website of Dún Áilinne & the flowery Celtic excessive Crosses & around Towers of Christendom, to the good Anglo-Norman castles of the FitzGeralds & the architectural wonderments of the non secular abbeys, County Kildare was once bestowed with a wealthy tapestry of heritage that spans over 4 millennia. it truly is historical past has been woven jointly via those many various features of the earlier, from the strong Uí Dúnlainge, Kings of Leinster; the unfold of Christianity through St. Bridgid & St. Dermot; the plundering & destruction wrought by means of the Vikings and the Cambro-Norman invasion that created the faded, that positioned County Kildare to the fore of clash for plenty of centuries; all of which, left indelible imprints at the old & social panorama of County Kildare. during this consultant to the Antiquities of County Kildare, i've got chosen consultant antiquities of those quite a few classes, from the early Bronze Age (2,000 B.C.), during the millennia, and finishing round the early 1700s.

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