We left Dublin in the rain - warmer, but rain. We journeyed south into Ireland’s Curragh region, well-known for Irish horse breeding and training. The grass here is excellent for building strong bones - so important for race horses. We make a stop at the Irish National Stud to learn about the “Sport of Kings”. We arrived a bit earlier than expected so had time to stoll through the surprising Japanese Gardens, the finest in Europe. There are many famous studs here but Invincible Spirit is the most valuable, worth 115,000 Euro for each "covering" (breeding) and he does 240/year.
Next we were off to Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. We learned how barley, water and yeast are processed to make this tasty drink. Notice the pattern? We've been to a Scotch distillery, the Guinness factory and now Jameson's. They all use the same ingredients but end up with very different products. Of course the visit ended with a tasting of the distillery’s production.
Late afternoon we arrived in the quaint coastal village of Kinsale. This evening, we had "Diner’s Choice" of ten local restaurants. We scatted. If others found food as delicious as Randall and I, we can attest that this is the hub of Ireland's culinary revolution.
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