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Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell continues to dominate the live and festival circuits. Notable appearances have included several sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, The Amnesty / Channel Four Secret Policeman's Ball, HBO US Comedy & Arts Festival in Las Vegas (alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock), several sell-out runs in the main house of The Soho Theatre, Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, Glastonbury and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

Andrew's TV appearances include 'One Night Stand', 'Wall of Fame', '8 Out of 10 Cats', 'Have I got News for You?', 'Argumental', 'Celebrity Juice' and 'Mock the Week'. Andrew also appeared in Sky Atlantic's new comedy series Don't Sit in the Front Row and Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia.

Saturday 22nd June
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Book yourself self catering accommodation in Ashwell Cottage for this event.

The 2013 Irish Open

On The Montgomerie Course, designed by 7 times European Order of merit Winner Colin Montgomerie.

The course is a 7,300 yard "links style" journey across sweeping firm fairways cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. The event returns to the Republic of Ireland after a hugely successful Irish Open in the Royal Portrush in Antrim.

Located just 14 miles west of Dublin City Centre and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport, Carton is home to a stylish hotel, a luxurious spa and leisure suite and two of Ireland's finest championship golf courses.

Thursday 27th June - Sunday 30th June 2013
Carton House, Maynooth, County Kildare

Book yourself self catering accommodation in Ashwell Cottage for this event.

An Audience with Legendary Jockey Lester Piggott

To celebrate the 148th running of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby taking place at the Curragh on Saturday 29th June, join us for an intimate evening with legendary jockey Lester Piggott when he takes a fascinating look back at his five Irish Derby winners including the great Shergar in 1981. The record breaking jockey will be interviewed by his daughter Tracey Piggott.

Piggott won Ireland's greatest race five times -The Minstrel (1977) Meadow Court (1965), Ribocco (1967), Ribero (1968) and the great Shergar (1981).
Lester Piggott has kindly donated a saddle, which he rode & won many races in, to be auctioned on the night. It is intended that this will raise additional funds for The Irish Injured Jockeys.

There will be a drinks reception prior to the event at 8pm, please do join us from 7.30pm onwards.

O'Brien Wines, Newbridge will be sponsoring the opening drinks reception.

Your support for Irish Injured Jockeys is greatly appreciated. For more information on the fund or to make a donation please contact:

The Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare
Tel. (+353 45) 445600 (+353 45) 445600 EMAIL:

Thursday 27th June 2013 at 8:00pm
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, County Kildare

Book yourself self catering accommodation in Ashwell Cottage for this event.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

Classic racing from The Curragh

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby race will take place in 2013 on Saturday evening 29th June. The contest with €1.25m in total prize money will feature an eight race programme. This year marks the sixth year of Dubai Duty Free’s sponsorship of the festival and the world’s leading airport retailer will once again sponsor the prestigious Most Stylish Lady competition on the Saturday, in association with luxury jeweler Boodles.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby is the centre piece of the three day festival featuring the Derby Food Village and takes place from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June.

Friday 28th June - 30th June 2013
Curragh Racecourse, The Curragh, Newbridge, County Kildare

Book yourself self catering accommodation in Ashwell Cottage for this event.

Paddy Casey

Paddy Casey has been the forefront of the the Irish music scene since his debut album Amen (So Be It) in 1999, while his second release Living became the biggest seller in Ireland out-selling U2.

In more recent times Paddy has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with that very band on their Vertigo Tour, he has had a week long sold out residencies in Dublin’s prestigious Olympia Theatre and RDS. He has even been invited onto and performed on the Hit American CBS Chat Show ” The Late Show” with David Letterman.

After a five year hiatus, Paddy Casey returns with his fourth album The Secret Life Of on November 9th. It was recorded, produced and mixed at home in Paddy’s kitchen by Paddy and Pat Donne. Pat worked on the first album Amen (So Be It), as well as on the demos for all the other albums.

Paddy finished touring his third album Addicted To Company in mid 2009 and decided then that it was time to make an album on his own, without a label. He wanted to let the songs come naturally, but found that, almost immediately, they came along in droves. So he began recording them all over the next few years, and in the last 6 months he chose the 11 tracks that make up.

Saturday 20th July 2013 at 8:00pm
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, County Kildare

Book yourself self catering accommodation in Ashwell Cottage for this event.

The Japanese Gardens and The Irish National Stud

The Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens at Tully were created between the years 1906-1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker (later Lord Wavertree), a wealthy Scotsman of a famous brewery family and laid out by the Japanese Eida and his son Minoru.

The Gardens, planned to symbolise the 'Life of Man', are now of international renown and are acclaimed as the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe.

The Irish National Stud

Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development and promotion o­f Irish bloodstock with its role as one of the country's major tourist attractions.the_national_irish_stud.jpg

­By Royal Appointment­­­­

The National Stud was proud to showcase Ireland's Thoroughbred industry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her state visit to Ireland on Thursday 19th May. CEO John Osborne treated the Queen to her own personal stallion parade where she viewed the stud's flagship sire Invincible Spirit amongst others.

Kildare Village Shopping Outlet

Your passion for fashion will be well and truly indulged at Kildare Village, where you'll find over 50 boutiques selling your favourite labels at greatly reduced prices every day of the year. Among the many exciting brands featured are well-known names that have chosen Kildare Village as their only outlet boutique in Ireland, so look no further for exceptional value on sought-after designer clothing, accessories and homeware.

Newbridge Greyhound Stadium, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

The home of Greyhound Racing at its best, Newbridge Greyhound Stadium, situated right in the heart of the county is one of Kildare's premier weekend night-time entertainment venues.

This state of the art facility features a 110 seater top-class restaurant, three separate bars each with individual character, a quality fast-food outlet and much, much more to make your night at the dogs a most enjoyable experience.

Supervised Free Car Parking - The car park is designed to cater for 530 cars and 10 coaches

Racing commences at 19.45, every Friday and Saturday evening - Door Open at 7.00 PM

Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

Facilities include the brilliant Indoor Play Centre, "Funky Forest", outdoor play area and quality 18 hole Crazy Golf Course, pet farm, woodland/bogland walks, informative historic exhibitions. The train trip through the bog is a great way to finish off a memorable day out for all. Open everyday 10.00 to 18.00. No time limit stay all day!

Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park provides a healthy option to all families and visitors with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities.

Ramble through the woodland and gardens, take a relaxing trip on the train and explore the wonder of our natural environment and heritage.

For the younger ones its fun all the way with the Funky Forest Indoor Play Centre, quality outdoor playground, 18 hole Crazy Golf and large football pitch. There is no time limit on visits - so make a day of it!

Funky Forest
With a reputation as one of the finest play centres in the country, our fantastic Indoor centre has something for everyone to enjoy, even the mums and dads! Hard play area, climbing nets, bridges and speedy cable run. Large ball pool and soft play area. Great air hockey, table tennis and fuzball tables in leisure area.

Outdoor Play and Crazy Golf
Offering a great range of outdoor activities for all the kids. Climb the wooden castles, fly on the swings or try out some of the rope bridges and all within the safety of a soft ground to land on. Junior and Senior children are catered for in the play area with a sand pit thrown in for good measure. Test your skills on our extensive 18 Hole Crazy Golf Course with a Heritage Twist. See what happens when you take on some of the challenges

Motor Racing

Mondello International Motor Racing Circuit has an exciting programme of car and motorbike racing every year.
An exciting programme of car and motorbike racing is held at Mondello every year. In addition, there is a Racing Driving School, where people can get instruction and tuition.

Opening Times:
The race meetings run from February to December, usually on Saturdays and Sundays

From Naas town centre, turn left out the road to Newbridge and take a left for Caragh. The racecourse is approximately 1 mile beyond Caragh village

Newbridge Silverware

For 70 years, Newbridge Silverware has designed and produced homeware products, continuously innovating and producing items that are relevant to the lifestyles of each new generation of customers. The unique history of the company provides a wealth of tradition craftsmanship and experience, while a contemporary and fresh attitude to marketing and design puts Newbridge Silverware on the cutting edge of modern living.

Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Horse Racing Naas

There has never been a better time to go racing at Naas Racecourse, located in the heart of the Thoroughbred County of Kildare, just 25 minutes drive from Dublin City and en route to Cork and Waterford.
Phone: +353 (0)45 897391

Location: Naas - An Nás add to my discoveries

Horse Racing - 4 top class race courses within a radius of 8 miles.

  • The Curragh Racecourse which is the head quarters of horse racing in Ireland. The Curragh is host to Classic Races such as the Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Budweiser Irish Derby, Darley Irish Oaks and Irish Field St Leger. Click here for The Curragh Race Days 2007
  • Punchestown Racecourse is home of National Hunt Racing in Ireland. Punchestown also offers a state of the art Event and Exhibition Centre which was added to the Punchestown complex
  • Naas Racecourse (with a fixture list of both flat and National Hunt)
  • Fairyhouse Racecourse Home to the Irish Grand National
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