Monasterevin is a town in County Kildare in Ireland. The town lies on the River Barrow and the Barrowline a canal branch of the Grand Canal. Its population of 3,710 (2011 Census) makes it the 11th largest town in Kildare and the 105th largest in Ireland.
Situated 63 km from Dublin on the R445 road, Monasterevin has been relieved of much through traffic by the opening in 2004 of a new section of the M7 motorway bypassing the town on the N7 Dublin to Limerick route. Monasterevin is well connected by rail, with trains from Dublin to the southwest (Cork, Limerick, and Tralee) and west (Galway and Mayo) all serving the town. Also on the canal network of Ireland, linking the Grand Canal and the River Barrow.
Monasterevin is a small town, with Georgian houses, on a flat expanse of country, and occupies a right angle bend on the river Barrow, as it changes direction from east to south.
Due to its unusual number of bridges, and the arrival in 1786 of the Grand Canal, the town is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of Ireland".
In answer to a Dáil question by Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley on 01/05/13 the Minister for Justice confirmed that Monasterevin is served by just 4 Gardaí to provide 24-hour cover, 7 days a week.