Naas is among the very best places to live. That’s what the Sunday Times says, quoting the average price of a 3-bed semi detached house at €190,000.
According to the ST it’s one of the top three residential locations in Leinster - alongside Greystones Co. Wicklow and Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny - outside Dublin.
The article lists a total of 10 top places to live in Ireland - north and south.
It says of Naas that it’s not just a product of the Celtic Tiger years “as the town has a deep rooted community that was established before the boom and will no doubt survive the crash intact.”
It adds: “Naas has sporting and cultural amenities many larger towns would envy” and lists a host of available sporting activities.
The review attributes 15 primary schools to the town (there are no more than 10 and that includes Sallins, Two Mile House and Killashee Multi Denominational School). It also says there are 5 secondary schools (there are 4 including the Gael-Cholaiste which moved here from the edge of the Curragh).
It says the leading supermarkets have a presence - but there is no Dunnes Stores and Superquinn (now Super Valu) closed. The story makes no mention of the unopened concrete edifice that is the Naas Shopping Centre.
Nor does the story make any reference to the Kerry Group, set to become the biggest employer in the town with 900 jobs promised.
The story points to entities like the library, a general hospital and “a swimming pool” - though there are a number of gym pools in Naas.
It adds: “the main reason Naas is thriving is that is had a wealth of significant employers not least Intel in nearby Leixlip.”
Arguably, the most significant employer in Naas since the closure of Donnelly Mirrors is the Arrow Group.