Living Legends
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Living Legends

Living Legends

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

Living Legends
  • Beef or Salmon horse jumping | Irish National Stud Stallions

    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.

  • Hardy Eustace racing | irish national stud stallions

    Hardy Eustace

    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)

  • Hurricane Fly Horse Jumping | Irish stud | irish national stud stallions

    Hurricane Fly

    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.

  • Kicking King Jumping | Irish Racehorse at the Irish National Stud

    Kicking King

    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 Horse at Royal Ascot

    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

Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 10.00am to 18.00pm
Last Admission 17.00pm
Daily Guided Tour Times 10.30am, 12.00pm, 14.00pm and 16.00pm

Peak Season tour times:

10.30am, 12.00pm, 13.00pm, 14.00pm, 15.00pm and 16.00pm

Car Park Closes 18.15pm


Adults €14.00
Children (Under 16) €8.00
Children (Under 3) Free
Seniors €11.00
Students €11.00
Family Ticket (2 Adults & Up to 4 Children 16 years of age and under) €32.50
1 Adult €48
2 Adults €72
Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children under 16 years of age) €110
Daily Guided Tour Times 10.30am, 12.00pm, 14.00pm and 16.00pm

Peak Season tour times:

10.30am, 12.00pm, 13.00pm, 14.00pm, 15.00pm and 16.00pm

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 available upon request – click here

Concessions available for Groups & Coach tours over 20 persons

Tour operators rates available on request from:

*Please note: Tour Operators & Coach Operators are unable to book online, these bookings must be made through or by telephone at +353 45 521617

Special rates may apply for other groups and tour operators – for further details please contact the office on +353 45 521617 or email

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.

By Car

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

By Train

There is a Direct Rail Service to Kildare from Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Westport and Cork (via Portlaoise). Visit 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)

By Bus


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.