What to expect?
The Story of the Curragh guide helps to tell the story of the rich and varied heritage and history of The Curragh, an area of immense environmental, archaeological, historical and cultural significance.
Physical Geography of the Curragh
Hear how the Curragh was formed at the end of the Ice Age
Flora and Fauna of the Curragh
Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Curragh
The Archaeology of the Curragh
The wealth of archaeology around the Curragh show its importance over millennia
Myths and Legends of the Curragh
The abundance of archaeological monuments in and around the Curragh is certain evidence of prehistoric human activity. Myths and legends that have been handed down across the centuries, as well as written evidence from early documents, provide some clues as to the nature of this early society.
History of the Curragh
Due to its strategic importance, the Curragh of Kildare has a complex history
From the 18th century onwards, the Curragh became home to regular military activity
Grazing on the Curragh
The Curragh has a long and unique history of being commonage pastureland
The Equine Industry
Since time immemorial, the Curragh has found favour with the equine fraternity.
Recreation on the Curragh
Although best known as a centre of horse-racing, the Curragh has provided a location for many other recreational pursuits over the years. As far back as the 1660s, Thomas Monk, referred to it as “a place naturally adapted to pleasure”.
A Curragh Miscellany
There are many other fascinating strands to the story of the Curragh explored.
Itinerary: 12 stops
Duration: 58 min
Audio: 51 min total
DownloadSize: 47 Mb
The free audioguide can be downloaded from Abarta Audioguides at the following link:www.abartaheritage.ie
The free audio-visual guide can be downloaded from www.guidigo.com at the following link:
This guide was made
possible thanks to the invaluable work and input of Bridget Loughlin, AJ
Mullowney, Hugh Crawford, Des Travers, Padraig Clancy, Matt McNamara,
Guy Williams, Mario Corrigan, Mary O' Connor, Comdt Mick Moore, Cllr.
Fiona McLoughlin Healy, Mark Weld, Reggie Darling, Fintan Darling and
The audioguide was written by Dr. Conor of Abarta Audioguides and narrated by actor Gerry O'Brien. It was recorded by Abarta Audioguides at Bluebird Studios, Castlewarden, Kildare, by sound engineer Declan Lonergan and producer Róisín Burke.
The Story of the Curragh audioguide has been funded by Kildare County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council and is an action of the County Kildare Heritage Plan.