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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.
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