Celbridge is a beautiful town situated in County Kildare on the River of Liffey, West of Dublin. To locate it, within the Greater Dublin area, you’ll find it situated between the regional roads of R403 and R405. With around 20,000 residents, it’s thought to be the third largest within the County Kildare district.
Celbridge has a substantial number of schools covering all the usual permutations, including six primary schools:
- Scoil na Mainistreach (boys, RC)
- Primrose Hill (co-ed, COI)
- St Brigids (girls, RC)
- North Kildare Educate Together National School (mixed, multi-denominational)
- Aghards also known as Scoil Mochua (mixed, RC)
- St Patrick's (mixed, RC)
And three secondary schools:
- Celbridge Community School (a coeducational school, operating under the auspices of the Kildare/Wicklow Education & Training Board and Educate Together.)
- Salesian College Celbridge for boys
- St. Wolstan's Community School for girls (the only all-female community school in Ireland)
There is also the Saint Raphael's, (co-educational, Catholic) - a residential special school, for children with a learning disability.
Celbridge also has one of the very few Primary Montessori Schools in Ireland, the Weston Primary Montessori School, that was established in 2016 by the teachers and parents of the former Glebe School. Located on the grounds of Barnhall Rugby Club, this school provides a Montessori education to children from 3–12 years.
For Sports enthusiasts there is much to do in and around the wonderful town of Celbridge. Aside from Walking (since there is much opportunity to keep fit by foot around here) you may be interested in a few of these offerings too,
Celbridge is home to the GAA Park and centre; it’s situated on the Hazelhatch road.
For football enthusiast you will be pleased to know that Celbridge is home to two main clubs, Celbridge Town AFC and Ballyoulster United FC. Those clubs compete in the Leinster senior Football League.
Celbridge is home to Elm Hall Golf Club, this 9hole course is conveniently located near to the Hazelhatch Train station so easy access for those commuting in for a game of Golf, you’ll find the park on the Loughlinstown Road.
There is an extremely active Athletics Club in Celbridge, currently it has over 140 members who take part and regularly participate, plus an impressive 20 or so seniors and masters.
Celbridge Rugby Club regular participate in the Irish league with MU Barnhall, the founder of the Club is Fr Joseph Furlong. Historically the club participated in the Towns cup in 1928 and 1929.
Not many towns offer Water-sports clubs, luckily Celbridge is one of the very few that do. Formed in 1984 the Celbridge Paddlers canoe-club offers multidiscipline Kayaking, as part of the Irish canoe union. For the spectators- look out for the annual Liffey Canoe race as it soars through Celbridge eagerly avoiding the Rapids at Castletown and Vanessa Weir, during the event.
It may not be Wimbledon but the Tennis enthusiast can check out the established Celbridge tennis Club on Hazelhatch Road. Formerly founded in 1923, this particular venue has been open since the 70’s.
You can participate locally with the Salmon and sea trout angling, it stretches upstream with Trout fishing found in Island Bridge, plus there’s Leixlip and Ballymore fishing grounds too so the stretch is far from limited.