Kildare Street (Irish: Sráid Chill Dara) is a well-known street in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland close to the principal shopping area of Grafton Street and Dawson Street, to which it is joined by Molesworth Street. Some Irish government departments have their offices on this street but Leinster House, the current seat of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament), built by Richard Cassels in 1745 is Kildare Street's most important building. The Archaeology and History section of the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland are located on either side of the Leinster House and were built in 1885.
North end near Trinity College
|Native name||Sráid Chill Dara (Irish)|
|Namesake||James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster and 20th Earl of Kildare|
|Length||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|Width||15 metres (49 ft)|
|north end||Nassau Street, Leinster Street South|
|south end||St. Stephen's Green North|
|Known for||Leinster House, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Alliance française|
Trinity College lies at the north end of the street while St Stephen's Green is at the southern end, with the well-known Shelbourne Hotel on the eastern corner. The Dublin offices of Alliance française are located at 1 Kildare Street. deVeres Auction House is situated at 35 Kildare Street.
In 1972, in advance of Ireland joining the then European Economic Community the then Chief Justice, and later President of Ireland, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patrick Hillery, who also later was elected President of Ireland, seeking for the street to be renamed Rue de l'Europe.
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