The Curragh Plains is an area of mostly grassland comprising 4,870 acres in Co. Kildare. It runs from the towns of Kilcullen, Newbridge and Kildare with the two small hamlets of Brownstown and Maddenstown on the National Stud southside. Also on this side you have The Curragh Military Camp which was built and used by the British Army in the early part of the last century and is now operated by the Irish Army although nearly all the old buildings are in disrepair...a bleak place. Close to Newbridge is located our famous Curragh Racecourse which takes up most of the area between Newbridge and Kildare Town. Racehorse training is the major industry here. Running through this area also is our main artery to the south, the M7.
The Curragh has, for generations, been a grazing area for local sheep farmers with the result that the animals can be seen all over the Plains.
As well as grass and copses of trees aroung The Camp, the area is noted for the profusion of Furze which is the subject of the photos on these two pages. April is the time when their yellow flowers are at their most vivid
This is the remains of trenches dug by the British Army as they trained for the carnage of WW1.