Irish National Stud and more photos from Ireland

Darley Newman
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Today we visited the Irish National Stud, just outside of Kildare. Kildare is sort of the Lexington, Kentucky of Ireland. We drove by a multitude of horse farms, as we headed for the stud, which is also not too far from Dublin.

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The stud is open to the public and a lot of American visitors that I met in Ireland had this on their itinerary. I enjoyed observing the foals and then walking by the very pricey stallions. Don't expect to get up close to these guys.

There is also a museum dedicated to the history of the horse and horse racing. Though small, it was pretty interesting.

And this is where we say good-bye to Ireland and hello to Iceland. We had a wonderful time and met some great horses, as we explored Ireland on horseback. Before we leave, here are some more photos of our trip around the Emerald Isle.

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