St. Fiachras Garden

Who is Saint Fiachra you may ask. I certainly did when I visited the Irish National Stud at Tully near Kildare last Sunday. Well, he was (is?) the patron saint of Gardens and the Stud created a garden in his honour in 1999, designed by landscape architect Professor Martin Hallinan, and officially opened by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

Paths take visitors through wooded areas surrounding a number of small lakes

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Autumn colours dominated

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In the centre of the garden, a medieval monk’s stone hermitage has been created.

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Nearby, in the lake, there’s a statue of the saint.

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An internet search took me to the CatholicIreland.net website which reveals that Fiachra is also the patron of taxi-drivers. The Hôtel de St-Fiacre, in the Rue St-Martin, Paris, in the middle of the seventeenth century was the first to hire out coaches.

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