Naas gets its name because old Norman kings of Leinster used to meet up here.
One of the first battles of the 1798 Rebellion took place in Naas on the 24th of May 1798 when a force of about 1000 rebels were defeated in an unsuccessful attack on the town. A leader of the United Irishmen, Theobald Wolfe Tone, is buried just outside Naas, at Bodenstown.
In 1898, the Naas Urban District Council (now Naas Town Council) was set up. Most of the rest of Co. Kildare is managed by Kildare County Council, which has also been based in Naas since 1898.
Today, Naas is the 15th largest town in Ireland.
Naas has 3 secondary schools, St. Mary’s, for girls, Christian Brothers School (C.B.S.), for boys and Piper’s Hill, which is for boys and girls and the Gaelscoil.
Naas has 5 primary schools, St. Corban’s B.N.S. for boys, the Convent of Mercy, for boys and girls in junior and senior infants, and for girls onwards, Scoil Bhride, Ballycane and Piper’s Hill for boys and girls.
Here are some of the sports and sports’ clubs in Naas.
My Guitar teacher’s grandad, Joe Rafferty, helped Kildare win their first All – Ireland Championship.
In Naas, there are a lot of shops.
There are clothes shops, such as Prouts and Richie Whelan’s Menswear.
There are sports shops, such as Elverys, Colgans and Lifestyle Sports.
There are coffee shops, like O’Brien’s and Yum Yums.
There is an 8-screen cinema, Odeon.
The largest Tesco in Ireland is in Naas, Tesco Extra.
Technology shops based in Naas include the Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone.
There are places in Naas where you can buy musical instruments and where you can get music lessons. You can buy musical instruments in Alo Donegans and two places where you can get lessons are the Jam Music School and the Riverside Music School.
I love living in Naas and I wouldn’t like to live anywhere else.