County Kildare became Lexington’s second Sister City in 1984, futhering the connections Lexington was making with cities of the horse all over the world. County Kildare is located about 25 kilometers from Dublin, and the County Town Hall is located in Naas.


Home to the Irish National Stud, the top breeding facility in Ireland, County Kildare is the center of the thoroughbred industry in Ireland. Also located at the Irish National Stud are the Japanese Gardens, which were built between 1906-1910. There are three race-tracks in County Kildare: the Curragh, Naas and Punchestown. The Curragh Racecourse holds the Irish Derby each year. County Kildare is also home to Kildangan Stud, a Darley farm owned by Sheik Mohammad.


County Kildare boasts many museums, parks, castles and golf courses. The 2006 Ryder Cup was held at the K Club. Also located in County Kildare is the Carton House Golf Course, which hosted the 2013 Irish Open.


Gaelic football, one of the most popular sports in Ireland, is prominent in County Kildare. The county team is called the Kildare Lilywhites. Other popular sports include hurling, rugby, soccer and hockey.


Lexington and County Kildare celebrated 30 years of their Sister City relationship in 2014.

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Goals of Lexington-County Kildare Sister Cities Relationship:

  • Build a strong bond of friendship between the people and communities of Lexington and County Kildare
  • Build upon the love of the thoroughbred horse and horse industry already shared between the two cities.
  • For both cities to benefit from exchanges in the following areas: youth and education; arts and culture; municipal; professional; and tourism/business.

Annual Youth & Education Programs:

  1. High School Student Exchange
  2. Encourages international relations and diplomacy in young people by providing a cultural experience for both Lexington and County Kildare students as well as their families.
  3. Elementary/Middle School Skype
  4. Provides a virtual exchange opportunity for younger students to become aware of cultural differences between the U.S. and Ire-land.
  5. University of Kentucky—Maynooth University Exchange
  6. Allows students from each University to study or work abroad in each city.

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