Irish Impressions for St. Patrick’s Day …

This time last year we were getting ready for our three-week trip to the Emerald Isle. I don’t think I’ve ever anticipated a journey more. I was so excited to visit the land of my forefathers. It had been great fun planning it.

As it’s St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting a few of memories of that trip. Others can be found in past and future posts. Check out yesterday’s … a nod to the Irish National Stud.

Have I mentioned I love Ireland!

Inch was one of the biggest surprises. I never imagined such a beach in Ireland.

A wall of collectible Guinness bottles was a feast for the eyes at the Guinness brewery in Dublin. Here are just a few …

These naughty lambs in Kildare had escaped from their field and were playing on the road side … baaaad …

Johnny Foxes in Glencullen in the Dublin Mountains … the “highest” pub in the country … famous for its traditional music and and for being one of Ireland’s oldest pubs … and for numerous chamber pots suspended from its timbered ceiling … đŸ˜‰ …

Exercising horses on a busy, narrow main road outside Dublin … my horse would have an opinion about that …

And finally, for this post anyway, here is mystical Glendalough, one of my favourite sacred spaces in Ireland.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Sign of Spring … Irish National Stud, Co. Kildare, Ireland

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day I share with you some of my favourite images from our visit last spring to the Irish National Stud in Co. Kildare.

Horses are an important part of Irish culture. I’m thinking, perhaps, it’s my Irish ancestry that’s partly responsible for my passion for these beautiful animals.

Spring is foaling season and as we wandered the grounds of this iconic Thoroughbred breeding establishment we were fortunate to see many babies. The foals in these images were just a few days old.

New life is full of hope and many questions.

Will this young horse be a great racing champion?

Will he be a great stud?

Will he stay in Ireland or go abroad?

Will he find a career in something other than horse racing? A show jumper, perhaps?

In the meantime, he is nurtured by mother and handlers to find his potential while he rests in the sun as a welcome sign of spring.

Happy prelude to St. Patrick’s Day …

Copyright Aimwell Enterprises 2012