Naas, the county town, is on the main road from Dublin to Cork, Limerick and Waterford. In early times it was the seat of the kings of Leinster, and the North Mote is the site of the ancient royal palace. St Patrick visited here and is said to have camped on the site of the present Protestant parish church.
The town was fortified by the Normans, and plundered in 1316 by Robert and Edward Bruce. A Norman castle, once part of the town's fortifications, has been converted into the modern Church of Ireland rectory.
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