Since St. Patrick's Day falls in March, and I've failed to do it any earlier, I decided that I would share some of our pictures from Ireland on the blog this month. We took approximately eleventy billion, but don't worry, I won't make you look at them all!
Anyway, we visited Ireland from October 25 until November 2 of last year. It was our second visit, and most certainly will not be our last. We flew in and out of Dublin, and our first reservations from there were in Kilkenny. But we decided rather than go straight there, we would take a brief detour and visit the Irish National Stud in Tully, County Kildare, which is where so many of Ireland's famous horses started out. According to the map, it was maybe 90 minutes from Dublin, so we figured we'd go there, take our time looking around, and then head to Kilkenny. Which is what would have happened if the exit we needed from the highway had not been closed for maintenance! The map we had was not as detailed as would have been helpful (though we learned that was not unusual), and well, we didn't know where we were really, so a 90-minute trip ended up taking us the whole day, and we got there with 45 minutes to go until closing! However, it was well worth it, and it was a beautiful day.
This picture never fails to amuse me. The Tim posted it on Facebook with the update "Visited the Irish National Stud today - it was like looking in a mirror." To which MANY commented, with such things like, was he sure it wasn't the Irish National Spud, the Irish National Dud, etc.
A perfect autumn day
One of the residents
The fountain in the stableyard
Rows of stables
Remains of an medieval church on the grounds
Me with Oscar, the caretaker's dog