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Leixlip , situated on the River Liffey , 17km west of Dublin on the M4, is Kildare's youngest and most populous town and is served by regular city bus and suburban rail services from Dublin .
The Annual Leixlip Festival (previously the Salmon Festival) in June is a very popular festival attracting tourists from all over the world.
Leixlip Castle is a medieval castle on a rock above where the Rye water flows into the river Liffey, partly rebuilt in the 18th century and with an 18th century interior. Founded in the 12th century by one of Strongbow's followers; the massive round tower, which is still the castle's dominant feature, dates from this period.
The Wonderful Barn, dating from 1743 was built as part of Castletown Demesne, just west of Leixlip village. It was built to give employment to the local tenants during the severe winters of 1741 -1742 when early and prolonged frost destroyed crops. Standing 70 feet tall, this conical structure with five floors is surrounded with an outside winding staircase of 94 steps. It is flanked by two smaller towers.