|Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays)||09.00am to 6.00pm|
|Daily Guided Tour Times||10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm|
|Car Park Closes||06.15pm|
We are very proud to have Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, Kicking King, and Rite Of Passage on our ‘Living Legends’ team. Visitors can view these equine superstars when they visit the stud and gardens.
These ‘Living Legends’ excelled themselves on the racecourse and here they live like kings of the turf. With their racing days behind them, they can be seen basking in the summer sun in their paddock opposite the serene St. Fiachra’s Garden.
Meet the Legends
Beef or Salmon
Bred by John Murphy
Trained by Michael Hourigan
Owned by John Craig
Principal Jockeys – Paul Carberry, Timmy Murphy, Andrew McNamra
Groom – Kay Hourigan
Purchased for €6,500 at Goffs Sales in 2000 it didn’t take long for Michael Hourigan to realise he’d bought the bargain of a decade
Beef or Salmon defeated three Cheltenham Glod Cup winners in Best Mate, Kicking King and War of Attriction and the 2005 Grand National Winner, Hedgehunter.
Bred by Patrick Joyce
Trained by Mr.DT. Hughes
Owned by Laurence Byrne
Principal Jockeys – Conor O’Dwyer, K.A. Kelly and P.W.Flood
Groom – Bob Hennessy
Winner if 7 Grade 1’s (3 in Cheltenham) and over €1,000,000 in prize money.
Hardy Eustace was known widely for his tenacious battling qualities in the closing stages of a race.
“I’ve never ridden a horse with so much guts”
Conor O Dwyer (Jockey)
“I believed in this horse, he’s a hell of a horse”
Dessie Hughes (Trainer)
Bred by Agricola Del Parco
Trained by Mr. Willie Mullins
Owned by George Creighton & Mrs Rose Boyd
Principal Jockeys – Ruby Walsh & Paul Townend
Groom – Gail Carlisle
Hurricane Fly was foaled at the Irish National Stud and was originally bred to be a flat horse
Hurricane Fly is considered one of the greatest hurdlers of all time having won 24 of his 32 starts, including 22 Grade 1 wins.
He holds the world record for the most Grade 1 victories.
He won the the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham twice and the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown five years consecutively.
Hurricane Fly earned €2.4m in prize money and retired from racing in 2015 as one of Ireland’s most iconic sporting heroes.
Bred by Sunnyhill Stud
Trained by Tom Taaffe
Owned by Conor Clarkson
Principal Jockey – Barry Geraghty
Groom – Shane Moloney
Winner of 12 races with Career Earning of over €1million.
Kicking King was one of the best chasers of his generation, winning six Grade 1 races including the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the King George VI Chase in 2004 and 2005.
On Kicking King’s retirement Barry Geraghty said “Without a doubt, he and Moscow Flyer are the best that I’ve ridden”
Rite of Passage
Bred by Newsells Park Stud
Trained by Dermot Weld
Owned by Dr R Lambe
Principal Jockey – Pat Smullen & Robbie McNamara
Groom – Julie Walsh
Winner of 8 races including the Gr. 1 Royal Ascot Gold Cup in 2010.This horse showcased the talents of his trainer Dermot Weld as he began his career as a National Hunt horse and made his way to the flat scene where he won at the highest level at Royal Ascot.
Total Prizemoney: €423,581
“He was an outstanding stayer – he holds the track record for the Gold Cup. When he won the QIPCO British Champions Day Long Distance Cup at Ascot, he put in an amazing performance. He was a wonderful horse to train.” D.K. Weld
|Children (Under 16)||€7.00|
|Children (Under 5)||Free|
|Family Ticket (2 Adults & Up to 4 Children 16 years of age and under)||€29.50|
|Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children under 16 years of age)||€110|
|Daily Guided Tour Times||10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm|
|Daily guided tours of the stud last approximately 45 minutes. Please arrive promptly. A self-guide leaflet is available for the Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden and The Horse Museum. These are available in 15 languages, please ask at reception|
|Group Rates – School Tours (Under 16 Years)|
|Paddy Madden Interactive SESE Discovery Trail (Minimum 30 Students, Wednesdays)||€10.50 per child|
|Discovery Primary Science & Maths||€7.00 per child|
|Regular School Tour||€6.00 per child|
Group Rates available upon request – click here
Concessions available for Groups & Coach tours over 20 persons
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Car and coach parking (CCTV) is free and directly on site
Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
The Irish National Stud is an ideal family trip from a number of locations in Ireland with it being only 45 minutes from Dublin City, one hour from Waterford, and two hours from both Cork and Galway.
Travelling from the M7 take Exit 13 in the direction of Nurney on the R415 as far as Newtown Cross. Turn left and continue to the T-Junction. Turn right at the T-Junction for the Visitors car park, drive a short distance and then turn left. The car park entrance is 200m on the left. Distance from Exit 13 to car park – 1.3 miles.
GPS co-ordinates @53.144582,-6.901603
There is a Direct Rail Service to Kildare from Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Westport and Cork (via Portlaoise). Visit www.irishrail.ie to view timetables. A shuttle bus operates from the Kildare Train Station to Kildare Town, Kildare Village Outlet Shopping and the Irish National Stud. This Shuttle Bus is operated by Kildare Village Retail Outlet (please click here to view timetable)
Bus Eireann route 126 departs beside Dublin Connolly LUAS stop at 09.30 to arrive at the Stud at 10.50
Return bus departs the Stud at 15.45 to arrive in Dublin City at 17.20
Bus Eireann route 126 departs beside Dublin Connolly LUAS stop at 09.30 and 13.30
Return bus departs the Stud at 11.20 and 15.50
Sundays and Public Holidays
Bus Eireann route 126 departs beside Dublin Connolly LUAS stop at 10.00 and 12.00
Return bus departs the Stud at 15.05 and 17.35
Alternatively Bus Eireann operate the route 126 frequently to Kildare town, which is only a short 10 minute walk away. Departure times for this option can be found on the Bus Eireann timetable link here.