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  • Invincible Colt heads 2000 Guineas Market after Greenham Romp!12/04/2014Kingman set hearts racing at Newbury today as he romped to victory in what looked a solid renewal of the Greenham Stakes. The son of Invincible Spirit was electric as he lit up the Newbury straight.

  • Snow Fairy in foal to Elusive Pimpernel19/03/2014Snow Fairy has been scanned 21 days in foal to Elusive Pimpernel. Ginny McGrath who boards Snow Fairy at Simmonstown Stud said that she went in foal on her first cover. Early days yet, but she reported Mrs Patino as delighted that her champion racemare is in foal to her best colt.

  • Our Head of State visits the Irish National Stud05/02/2014On Monday 3rd February, all of the team here at the Irish National Stud were delighted to welcome His Excellency, The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. On arrival, President Higgins and his wife were greeted at the Japanese Gardens Entrance by our CEO, John Osborne. President Higgins was introduced to the tourism staff and a selection of distinguished guests including our Board Members.

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.

The Bridge of LifeEida 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.