Donadea Forest Park and Castle Ruins, Co. Kildare
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There are many historical features including the remains of the castle, walled gardens, church, tower, ice house, boat house and Lime Tree Avenue. There is also a 2.3ha lake with ducks and other birds, and a wonderful display of water-lilies in the summer. Walled streams form part of the drainage of the park.There are also many different walks through the forest.

The original Tower was built by Sir Gerald Aylmer c1624. It was extensively damaged in 1641 rebellion, re built in 1773,and gothicised in 1827 by the architect Sir Richard Morrison. By the mid 1800s the Donadea estates were one of the largest in Co. Kildare, amounting to almost 16,000 acres. It was around this time that extensive development occurred in the grounds surrounding the castle. The works included the construction of a stone wall surrounding almost 600 acres, the development of an artificial lake, a massive programme of tree planting within the demesne and the realignment of existing roads. After Caroline Aylmers death in 1935 the castle remained unoccupied and was de-roofed in the late 50's. Adjacant to the castle is a 19th century four-storey tower. To the rear of the castle are some fine outbuildings including the remains of a walled garden.

In 1981 Paddy Power T.D. for Kildare and Minister for Fisheries and Forestry opened Donadea Demesne to the public.

On September 11th 2001, along with 343 members of the New York emergency services, a young Irish American, Sean Tallon, lost his life in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. Sean’s father was born in Donadea, Co. Kildare, and the Tallon family had always kept close connections with their relatives and friends who still live in the community. Following the death of Sean Tallon and the tragic events of September 11th, George Hipwell, Forest Manager was approached by locals to consider what could be done at Donadea Forest Park to convey the sympathy of the community and to commemorate Sean Tallon. George organised a ceremonial planting of an oak tree to which representatives of the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department were invited. This event was attended by approximately 5,000 members of the public. On 21st September 2003 a permanent memorial at Donadea Forest Park was unveiled in commemoration of all who died in the attacks in the U.S. and especially dedicated to the memory of Sean Tallon.

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Car Park:
8:00-21:00 (summer),
8:00-17:30 (winter)


Parking fee:€4 (exact change required, €2, €1 & 50c coins only)


Car Park, Cafe, Toilets, Walks, Picnic Area

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The Castle ruins...
On the walk...
Small cottage...
St. Peter's church in Donadea Park
One of many hidden walks...
9/11 memorial
St. Peter's church in Donadea Park