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Naas: Nás na Ríogh or An Nás is the county town of County Kildare in Ireland. With a population of 20,713 it is also the 2nd largest town in the county in terms of Population, but is the largest town in terms of boundaries and area also with many hinterlands.
Naas is a major commuter suburb, with many people residing there and working in Dublin. The nearby N7 Naas Dual Carriageway connects Naas with Dublin and the M50 Motorway. The M7 Motorway Connects Naas with the South and South West.
The Irish language name for Naas, Nás na Ríogh, literally translates as Meeting Place of the Kings. The town historically hosted meetings of pre-Norman Irish kings from the Kingdom of Leinster. After the Norman invasion in 1169 to 71 AD, some meetings of the Parliament of Ireland were held in the town.Many of the earlier settlers in Kildare were Cambro-Normans from Wales therefore the medieval church was dedicated to Saint David.
In the Middle Ages, Naas became a walled market town and was occasionally raided by the O'Byrne and O'Toole clans from the nearby area which became County Wicklow. Naas features on the 1598 map by Abraham Ortelius as "Nosse". (It is worth noticing the "O Byrne" and "O Tolo" (O'Toole) names appearing prominently on the map).
A mayor and council were selected by the richer merchants and landowners. The mayor was titled the "Sovereign of Naas" and carried a ceremonial mace until the post was abolished in 1840. Naas became known as the "county town" of County Kildare because of its importance as a place for trading, public meetings, local administration including law courts, racecourses and the army's Devoy Barracks (closed 1998).
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