Clane (“the slanted ford”) is a place of legend and history. As a crossing point of the Liffey, it has been settled since the Stone Age and was on the “Road of Kings” between Tara and Naas. Legends include the killing of King Mesgegra in battle in 33 AD and how his queen, Buan, screamed so hard on being shown his severed head that her heart burst. Clane people have been involved in many of the great events of Irish history, as recorded in the plaques in The Abbey’s Garden of Remembrance.
Things to see in Clane
- Like many towns in Kildare, the beautiful River Liffey offers scenic walks along its banks in Clane
- Take a trip just a mile outside the town to see the magnificent Clongowes Wood College and grounds
Click here for a self-guided tour of the Kildare Monastic Trail which features Clane
- Feel like something more adventurous why not visit Abbeyfield Farm Activity Centre and try your hand at archery, horse riding and much more
- Wallaby Woods is a family friendly open farm set in acres of woodland, check their opening times here.
Places to eat
Zest Café Restaurant
Tel: 00 353 45 893 222
Lemongrass, Jones’ Bar, Main Street
Tel: 00 353 45 861 188
The Tigger Asian Restaurant, The Parade Ring, Main Street
Tel: 00 353 45 838 781
The Assaggio Restaurant, Westgrove Hotel.
Tel: 00 353 45 989 900.