Branches were restored (for example, Naas in 1987) and the canal environment improved - a process which continues as the role of the canals for water and land based recreation and tourism is increasingly valued as a national asset as well as a source of amenity for canal side communities. The main line of the Grand Canal is 132 km in length from Dublin to the Shannon of which forty lie within Co. Kildare. Our description gives guidance and historical commentary for this section of the canal within the county. The description also covers the forty-five km Barrow branch from Lowtown in mid-Kildare to Athy as well as the Naas & Corbally branches and the Milltown feeder. Canal Engineer Richard Evans commemorated by this plaque on the parapet of the Leinster Aqueduct near Naas THE GRAND CANAL 19