Origins of Kildare
- Kildare is a county in Ireland.
- County Kildare - Contae Chill Dara.
- Motto - Meanma agus Misneach (Spirit and Courage)
- The county has three major rivers running throug it.
- Kildare was shired in 1297.
- County Kildare is the richest county in Irelnad outside of Dublin.
- The county flag is a plain white flag
- The distinctive all white of Kildare derived from the colours of the Clane club
which won the county championships in 1903.
- Kildare is also known as 'the short grass county' or 'the thoroughbred county'
Coat of Arms
- The red diagonal cros symbolises the ancient aristocratic family of the Kildare area, the fitzgeralds, who used a red diagonal cross on a white background as their coat of arms.
- The harp is the symbol for the fianna, a legendary group of warriors from Celtic mythology who supposedly had their headquarters in Kildare.
- The cross is the Saint Brigid's cross; Saint Brigid lived in a monastery in County Kildare.
- The horses head symbolises the horse breeding tradition of Kildare.
- The acorns are taken from the Irish for Kilkdare (cill dara) which means the church of the oak tree.