Irish National Stud

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  • The ITM Irish Stallion Trail20/01/2015The ITM Irish Stallion Trail is a great opportunity to view many of the world’s leading stallions as Ireland’s top Flat & National Hunt Stud farms open their doors over three days. Before the official opening of the traditional covering season of early to mid-February, Irish stud farms will showcase some of the very best sires available to breeders in 2015.

  • Irish National Stud Breeding and Racing Club Trainer Selected17/01/2015Willie McCreery will train the first two-year-old for the Irish National Stud Breeding and Racing Club this year, a filly by Invincible Spirit.

  • Americain will stand at the Irish National Stud in 201516/01/2015John Osborne said ‘the handsome Americain will be popular on looks alone and his first foals have his strength and quality. He will bring balance to our roster which is dominated by speed influences. Americain’s pedigree has class in every generation and his sire was revered in America and a classic sire in Europe. Americain can emulate that given the support his race record deserves. Mr. Kelley will be keen to race his stock.

Europe's Finest Japanese Gardens

The Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910.

Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the "Life of Man". That plan was executed to perfection and Eida's legacy is now admired by the 150,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year.

Very much representative of Japanese gardens from the early 20th century, Eida's work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife are all brought to mind as the gardens, a seamless mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, are explored.

Eida left Tully in 1912 with 34 years passing before the gardens gained their next supervisor, Patrick Doyle, who remained in charge until 1972, since when the gardens have continued to flourish and surge in popularity.

Among the most loved of all Ireland's gardens, the Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens are a veritable feast for the eye and ear with the sight and sound of trickling streams perfectly complementing the greenery and vivid colours that provide a tranquil backdrop to the beautiful Bridge of Life and Tea House.

The Japanese Gardens are a place for contemplation, meditation and reflection. Since they were first enjoyed more than 100 years ago, they have never failed to please.