Place of Assembly of the Kings
Naas (rhymes with face) is sister city number four. Talks began in the fall of 2001 for a potential “twinning” between Omaha and Naas. A delegation from Naas arrived in March, 2002, for an official signing ceremony and also participated in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities.
Considered the fastest growing town in Europe, Naas’ population is currently more than 16,000 and within the next five years will be more than 22,000.
Naas and County Kildare are part of the Great Central Plain, a region of rolling farmland. To the southeast is the Wicklow Mountains and nearby rivers include the Liffey and the Barrow.
Naas is located in Kildare County, 20 miles south and inland from Dublin. Kildare County is best known as horse country.
The Kings of Leinster’s seat of power was in Naas for nearly seven centuries with the last king, Cearbhall, dying in 904 A.D. Legend has it that St. Patrick visited Naas in 448 A.D. and baptized King Dunling’s children at the well at Oldtown.
When the Normans arrived in 1170, the Barony of Naas was granted to Maurice FitsGerald by Strongbow. In 1409, King Henry IV granted Naas its first charter as a Corporation and four years later King Henry V granted the corporation the power to collect tolls at the entrance to the town. It was not until 1568 that Queen Elizabeth I granted a new charted adding a Sovereign to the Corporation. Finally in 1840, the Corporation was dissolved by Act of Parliament.
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Naas, the county town, is on the main road from Dublin to Cork, Limerick and Waterford. Naas is a cosmopolitan town of approximately 16,000 inhabitants. It is situated near 3 racecourses at Punchestown, The Curragh, and Naas. Punchestown hosts the Heineken International Three Day Eventing Championship and the Punchestown National Hunt Festival which is the fastest growing sporting and social event in Ireland. In annuals and records the name of Naas means “The Place of Assembly of the Kings”.
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