We awoke to a beautiful sunny morning, so Don went out to take some pictures. The first five pictures are from Kilkenny. The castle in the pictures is the same one from yesterday, but it looks much better in the morning sun.
It is our last day in Ireland. We made a stop at the Irish National Stud Farm on the way back to Dublin. Ireland is the number three breeder of thoroughbreds in the world. The stallions cover (their word for mating with) three or four mares a day during the breeding season, which is about 4 months. A horse’s gestation period is 11 – 12 months and they try to have them foal between January and May. This farm’s most famous stud right now is Invincible Spirit. They get 120,000 euros stud fee for him. They said that a stallion covers about 250 mares in a season so that would be 30,000,000 euros for one season. Not bad money.
There is also a very nice Japanese Tea Garden on the farm. It was created between 1906 and 1911 by Colonel William Hall-Walker who originally owned the stud farm before selling it to the Irish Nation. It was raining while we ate lunch, but the sun came out just in time for us to stroll through the garden.