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Today, we departed our lodgings in Navan, north of Dublin and proceeded as follows:

  • First, to the famous, Newgrange prehistoric site in County Meath. Newgrange is just one, but the best known, of a number of passage tombs in a landscape populated with  prehistoric archaeology. The Newgrange monument is surrounded by a kerb of 97 stones dominated by the highly decorated Entrance Stone.The mound covers  a single tomb consisting of a long passage and a cross-shaped chamber. We toured the site including the interior.

Images of Newgrange Prehistoric Site


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  • Next, we drove south to the small town of Kildare where we stopped for lunch. Here we learned of the nearby Irish National Stud allied with which are Japanese Gardens, SaintFiachra’s Garden and the Horse Museum.
    • The Irish National Stud Company was formed in 1945 to promote the interests of the Irish Bloodstock Industry which continues today. We joined a guided tour of the equine site which included the Sun Chariot Yard, Foaling Unit, Stallion Boxes, Mating Area and a few thoroughbred stallions.
    • The Japanese Garden dates back over 100 years and represents the Life of Man including birth, learning, engagement, marriage, old age, etc.

Resident stallion being brought into stables for the night.

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Tour Guests with Guide

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Stallion: Dragon Pulse

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Japanese Garden

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  • Finally, we drove down to Waterford in the S.E.of Ireland and our lodgings for the night. Tomorrow, we visit Waterford Crystal and other sites.

The weather today was very benign providing a combination of warm temperatures and blue skies.

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