The eircom League has decided to invite Kildare County Football Club to apply to join the eircom League at the AGM in April with a view to the club competing in the First Division of the League when next season begins in early July.
Kildare County will be a separate legal entity and will play its home matches in Newbridge at the current ground of Newbridge Town FC.
Kildare is one of the fastest growing counties in the country, has a population of close to 150,000 and is the largest county without a representative club in the eircom League.
The invitation to Kildare Town is the culmination of a process initiated by the League some months ago following the retirement of St Francis from the First Division just before the start of the present season.
Twelve clubs around the country were contacted to establish whether they had an interest in joining the League and following interviews with five clubs, two presented detailed business plans to the League - Kildare County and Mullingar Town.
While selecting Kildare County, the League complimented Mullingar Town on its proposal and said it hoped the club would continue to participate in the eircom Under 21 League and advance its detailed development plans with a view to full League membership before long.