Straffan & Co Kildare - Ireland part 2

The biggest thing in Straffan history (well that is just what I think), happened here in 2006. The K Club was the host for the annual Ryder Cup. For all the Golfers around the area this was a great deal, and I think that everybody who lived in Kildare was in Straffan at the same time, never been that busy I can imagine;) Well, it was a really good way of putting the place on the map and a great way for foreigners/tourists to explore some of the more rural Ireland. However, happenings like this is not the only thing that is going on in County Kildare. It might not be as big as Ryder Cup but there are stuff happening. Since all the small towns are really small you will have to travel around to different ones to get some of the action. Something that we have been doing a few times is to go to Punchestown and the horse race that takes place every year around the end of April. The racecourse is in Naas (just a little bit outside of the toen center) and they have several events there, however, this is the one we have been to. And we always go on the friday when it is "fancy" dress day. It is a true experience and you start the day with good breakfast and champagne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that you just head to the lokal pub for a drink and meet up with other people, and you get out to the race course together. In our case we headed to Friels (Geraldine Inn), the lokal pub in Straffan (one of the two they have). A little bit windy that day, but no rain and it is Ireland so don't have to high expectations for good weather. There is a reason why the grass is so green all year around;)

 

 

 

 

 

I think I should mention that in this post I will use pictures from two occations when I/we went to Punchestown. One time when it was sunny and one time when it was not so sunny. Must admit that everything is a litte bit nicer when the sun is out and you can sit by your table, have som wine and pick you horses and just enjoy the warm weather. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the weather isn't that nice there is a lot of places at the races where you can be inside. It does get a bit packed though, especially between the races. If you do not fancy being outside you can watch the races on the big screen and the tv monitors in the bar. Or buy a VIP ticket and get the whole package. No matter what kind of weather it is, it's great fun to be there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the races we always go into Naas for dinner and drinks. But be aware, every place in town will be full of people so you better be there early and be prepared to wait a little bit if you want a table for dinner. Think we have been very lucky because we never had to wait that long for any table, dinner nor at the pub. We have been very early at the places though so that is probably why. If you want dinner at a certaint place, book in advance:) One more thing, pre book a taxi to take you into Naas or where ever you are going, otherwise the wait will be forever. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures above it was only us four girls who went for dinner, the guys went straight to the pub. We did one smart thing before we went to the restaurant, went to the pub, paid our way in, got a stamp so we could go right back inside when we were finished with dinner. 

 

The rest of the evening you just spent in the pub as many of them are late bars and open untill late:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are more (important) things to do in Kildare though, shopping. There are several shopping places around the area however there is one place you should go to to get some really great bargains. Kildare outlet! Here you can find everything from sports wear to designer clothes, fine bedsheets and quality pillos and duvets, handbags, wallets, suitcases, you name it. It is not as big as the outlets in America but it still have loads of stuff. The whole places is outside so make sure you go on a sunny day (very easy in Ireland) and not a rainy one like we did:(

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you see we ended up buying a few thins (this was the second run to the car with our stuff).

 

There is one more place I have to mention, although it is not in Kildare, but between Kildare and Dublin City Centre. Dundrum shopping center. This is a great place, everything from designer stuff to cheep stuff in Penny's (in UK called Primark). Another great thing for us Norwegians, is that they have shops that we do not have in Norway, Bershka, Pennys (as I mentioned already), House of Fraser (loads of make up and perfume amogst other designer stuff), Marks & Spencer, Pull and Bear, River Island and loads more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So for now this is what I have on County Kildare. I am sure there will be more things to write about in the future as I'm there every now and then. If you ever decide to go to Ireland, go out of the "big" cities and explore the more rural Ireland, it is a beautiful country! 

 

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