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"Celbridge" is a town situated on the River Liffey in County Kildare in Ireland. Located 22 kilometres (13 miles) from Dublin, the town has an estimated population, now, of people. It is a town within the Dublin Metropolitan Area and the Greater Dublin Area.

In recent years Celbridge has expanded dramatically, yet most of the towns services and amenities still centre around the single main street. Celbridge largely retains the character which seems to have been lost in many other towns within Dublin"s commuter belt.

The name Celbridge is derived from the Irish "Cill Droichid" meaning "The Church by the Bridge".

Castletown House, Ireland"s finest Palladian country house, is an imposing building established in the town in the year 1722. Celbridge will always be remembered as the home of Vanessa, the ill-starred lover of Dean Swift.

The town has a deep historical background ranging from Celbridge Abbey with Jonathan Swift to Castletown House.
Celbridge is located within the Kildare North constituency which elects 3 TDs to the Dáil. This is set to increase to four due to the levels of population growth within the region.
Despite its size, and numerous proposals, the town does not have a town council, despite being the third largest town in the county (and larger than other towns which have town councils such as Leixlip and Athy). Government acts provide for town councils for towns with a population of greater than 7,500, which Celbridge exceeds twice over, yet little progress has been made. Due to the lack of a town council to address specific local issues the town has suffered. For example as it does not have a town council, a Development Plan is developed with considerably less detail and control than a Local Area Plan which town councils develop. The situation effectively means that Kildare County Council, based 20 km away, have full control over zoning land in the area, and this means that they can zone land without specific local knowledge of what is needed. Owing to this as well as other factors the town has been consumed by the Celtic Tiger fuelled urban sprawl of Dublin, resulting in a fragmented community and a severe lack of sufficient amenities for the scale of the population.

Transport and Access
Celbridge"s substantial growth has created considerable traffic congestion. Much of this is attributed to the fact that there is only one bridge over the Liffey in the town, thus creating traffic bottlenecks. Lax enforcement of parking laws and a lack of adequate parking space is also blamed. The Celbridge Interchange (Junction 2a of the M4) which connects the town to the motorway as well as Intel, opened in 2003 to help address these traffic issues, with some success.

Kildare County Council installed a set of traffic lights in 2000 at the junction of the Liffey bridge and Main Street, however there was considerable oppposition to the lights from the town shopkeepers. The town traders actually sponsored an advertising supplement in Dublin"s Evening Herald which featured a photograph of a man shaking his fist at the lights to show the trader"s opposition to the lights. Shortly afterwards, a motorist suspiciously reversed into the lights, "accidentally" knocking them over and the council switched them off for good. Now motorists have to depend on each other"s good will to negotiate the junction, however it is now possible to park directly outside the Londis shop as the lights are no longer in use.

The town is served by Dublin Bus along the 67 and 67A routes. These routes link the town to the city centre as well as the nearby towns of Lucan and Maynooth (but notably, no link to Leixlip exists despite the significant employment there). Some other bus operators, notably Morton"s, also serve Celbridge.

Iarnród Éireann run commuter rail services to a station in Hazelhatch, about 3 km from Celbridge village. Feeder buses are used to bring passengers to the train station. "Commuter" suburban rail services from Kildare to Dublin city centre serve Hazelhatch, although these are quite limited, with the lack of a Sunday service notable. While the service only brings passengers to Heuston station, somewhat west of the city centre, most tickets are in fact valid for feeder services from there such as the Dublin Bus route 90 or the Luas trams. The station is located on one of the most important "InterCity" lines in the country, with services to Cork, Limerick and Galway. However these do not stop at Hazelhatch station.

Under the Transport21 plan Hazelhatch-City will be electrified to provide a new DART service to Balbriggan, using the underground Interconnector tunnel in the city centre. This is to be completed by 2015.


Celbridges"s two main active Parish Churches are those of St. Patrick (Roman Catholic) and Christ Church (Church of Ireland). St. Patrick"s Church sponsors a conservative church magazine circulated locally called the Open Door and holds Tridentine Masses for the evening celebration of Holy Days of Obligation. It forms part of the Catholic Parish of Celbridge and Straffan within the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Christ Church is the Anglican Parish Church for Celbridge and forms part of the grouped Parish of Celbridge, Straffan and Newcastle-Lyons in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Diocese of Glendalough.

Celbridge contains five primary schools and two secondary schools (St. Wolstan"s Community School for girls and Salesian College Celbridge for boys). Celbridge has five primary schools, Primrose Hill (co-ed, COI), St Brigids (girls, RC), Aghards (mixed, RC), Scoil na Mainistreach (boys, RC) and North Kildare Educate Together (mixed, Multi-D).

otels, Pubs, Restaurants and Nightlif
*"Setanta House Hotel", located on the Clane Road. Originally an 18th century school, this is the only hotel in Celbirdge town and has historic ties with the Connolly family who built Castletown House. The hotel closed it"s doors and is no longer trading as and from late 2008. Celbridge now has no hotels within the town.

*"The Mucky Duck", located on the mainstreet
*"Abbey Lodge / McNamees", located on the bridge just before the town
*"The Village Inn", located on the mainstreet
*"The Kildrought / O"Connors", located on the mainstreet
*"Castletown Inn", located on the mainstreet
*"Celbridge House", located on the Maynooth road

Last orders in pubs are @ 11:30pm Mon-Thur; 12:30am Fri-Sat; 11:00am Sun

*"Michaelangelos", located on the mainstreet. Irish / Italian food.
Greens above the Castletown Inn
Abbey Lodge - upstairs.
Dehli Darbar - beside Tesco Supermarket - upstairs.

*"Setanta Hotel", located on the Clane road is host to the only after-hours club in Celbridge.It is now closed due to redevelopment:P.

Sports and Groups
elbridge GA
The Celbridge GAA club is the third oldest club in Kildare being formed in July 1885, only eight months after the GAA was founded in Thurles.

There are three separate Scout troops in operation in Celbridge. Each troop is made up of Beavers (6-8 year olds), Cubs (8-11 year olds) and Scouts (11-18 year olds). The troops currently meet once a week at various times and accept both boys and girls. The troops are 1st Kildare (2nd Celbridge) based in the Mill Community Centre, 3rd Kildare (1st Celbridge) based in the Slip Hall and 19th Kildare based at the Salesian Boys Secondary School

elbridge Amenity Grou
The Celbridge Amenity Group is currently working in conjunction with the Kildare County Council to plan new improvements around the town such as the new playground built for local children.

Claims to fame
*Celbridge is the largest town in Ireland to have only one street, and no town council despite its large population.

*Celbridge is the hometown of noted indie musician Damien Rice as well as the band Bell X1.

*One of the Birmingham Six, Richard McIlkenny, resided in the town until his death on 22nd May 2006.

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List of towns in the Republic of Ireland

Category:Towns in Kildare

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