New history trail guide for Celbridge

A new tourist trail guide has been launched in Celbridge, writes Henry Bauress.

A new tourist trail guide has been launched in Celbridge, writes Henry Bauress.

“Discover Celbridge: A Walking Trail,” is the brainchild of Castletown estate resident, Breda Konstantin, who co-ordinated the project.

The guide lists key local historical landmarks in the very historical town, the end of which plays hosts to one of Ireland’s great houses.

Arthur Guinness was born there. Jonathan Swift visited regularly and Henry Grattan is also linked with the town along with the owners of Castletown House, notably the Connolly’s.

While many know of these links, they may not know where to go to touch base with the Celbridge past.

Ms. Konstantin, who has played a strong role in the Celbridge Action Alliance and its efforts to ward off planned developments at Donaghcumper demesne, brought together many elements already present to get the guide produced.

Tony Doohan’s History of Celbridge informs much of the guide while Gordon Adamson, another Castletown estate resident, and a member of Celbridge Camera Club, provided much of the photography for the project.

Edited by Ed Longworth, with design by Declan Kenny of the Drawing Board, it is printed by Castletown Press, a long time locally based company.

Celbridge Community Council supported the project as did Kildare County Council, Ms. Konstantin acknowledging the role of Cllr. Frank O’Rourke in helping to secure that.

The guide will be available in local shops and anyone seeking local tours should contact 087-9630719.

- Henry Bauress