It is a cosmopolitan (large Polish community, Czech people, Latvians, Lithuanians, Russians and of course Estonians) town of approximately 16 000 inhabitants and is the fastest growing town in Europe. Polish have even own Polski Sklep (polish grocery store), in Tesco you can buy Polish products and native bread, which, as was once said by my Czech friend Pavel "tastes like home". Naas town lies within (31 km.) so called Dublin commuter belt, what makes him very popular among people working in the capital. Indeed, when we came here in 2001 it was rather small (6-7 000 people), provincial town with no internet connection at all (now internet is being provided by UPC - largest cable operator in Europe, with speeds up to 200 MB!). Naas town is also situated near three racecourses, Punchestown (hosts the Heineken International Three Day Eventing Championship and National Hunt Festival), The Curragh (Dubai Duty Free) and Naas Racecourse, and has everything the racing enthusiast could ever ask for. We have got the County Kildare Council here and Naas General Hospital (best in Kildare and West Wicklow), lots of shopping centers and of course not to be missed notoriously famous discount stores - Aldi and Lidl. When the first German shop was opened in Dublin in 2000 it became an immediate success story with the foreign nationals, but as recession hit in 2008, both retailers became very popular amongst Irish bargain hunters as well.
Naas is one of the safest places in Ireland to live - thanks to the efforts of Garda and such prolific security company as Kennedy Security.
Kildare's best radio station KFM radio is based in Naas and is proud of many talented people, such as news reporter Aedín Donnelly.
Naas (irish An Nás "The Place of Assembly") has been a truly meeting point throughout the history: St. Patrick have camped here (on St. David's church site) in 5th century, Normans invaded and fortified the town in 9th century , it was a seat of the kings of Leinster till 989 AD.
The first Estonians in Naas
The cherry tree in full blossom