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  • Vintage Crop14/07/2014Vintage Crop, winner of the 1993 Melbourne Cup died Sunday July 13th. A glorious and pioneering racing career in the colours of Dr Michael Smurfit and under the expert guidance of DK Weld was followed by a long retirement at the Irish National Stud. John Osborne, CEO of the Irish National Stud said: Vintage Crop was a true equine celebrity, a horse who pioneered the concept of truly global competition when he travelled from the Curragh to Flemington to win the Melbourne Cup, the richest race in Australia. The scale of that achievement is revealed by the number of horses who have since tried and come up short. He was a great feature of our visitor experience here at The Irish National Stud, his story was told to hundreds of thousands, who saw him as a true warrior. He was lovingly cared for here by Annette Boland and Fiona Doggett and will be missed by us all.

  • Charmed Run for Invincible Spirit Colt at Chantilly!14/07/2014Charm Spirit brought Invincible Spirit’s Individual Group 1 Winners' tally to ten this afternoon when he took the Prix Jean Prat over a mile at Chantilly. Settled in fourth under Olivier Peslier for most of the contest the colt, who had previously finished fifth in the Gr.1 2000 Guineas and had won a Group 3 over course and distance last month, enjoyed a charmed run when the race began in earnest.

  • INS Graduates Celebrate their Independence!09/07/2014It was perhaps fitting that the 2014 Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding and Management Course Graduation took place on the fourth of July; Independence Day as the 2014 graduates are now independent of the Irish National Stud and set to explore pastures new!

St. Fiachra's Garden

How can something so new transport us back to a time that none of us knew?  Step into St. Fiachra's Garden and enter another world, one to which you will wish to return again and again.

The garden, designed in 1999 by award-winning landscape architect Professor Martin Hallinan and named to commemorate St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners, provides a perfect partner to the Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens while, at the same time, opening up a wholly different yet equally satisfying experience.

This stunning attraction seeks to capture that which inspired those involved in Ireland's monastic movement in the 6th and 7th centuries.  It does so principally by paying handsome tribute to the Irish landscape in its rawest state.  Rock and water are rulers in a garden rejoicing in the natural beauty of woodland, wetland, waterfalls, lakes and streams.

Many school children enjoy taking part in a nature trail through this garden identifying trees, learning about swan life, the food web and the ages of trees.

Monastic cells of fissured limestone are surrounded by water while an inner subterranean garden is home to magnificent Waterford Crystal-shaped rocks, ferns and orchids.

St. Fiachra's Garden is the very essence of Ireland's natural beauty, as it was then and as it is now. A tribute to an Irish saint, it is also a fitting tribute to Ireland herself.