A Kilkenny Reflection by Marisa Rieber

July 18, 2014Eimear Clowry

This past weekend the interns went on our final program trip to Co. Kilkenny. Our first stop was at the Coolcullen Stud Farm, owned by Jim Bolger. Here we toured the stables and met Trading Leather, winner of the 2013 Irish Derby. The visit was extremely interesting and informative, especially since most interns knew very little about the horse racing industry in Ireland. In fact, the world of horse racing contributes 2 million euros to the Irish economy!

After leaving Coolcullen we stopped at Jerpoint Abbey, a Cistercian abbey built in the 12th century (because wouldn’t be a program trip if we don’t find ourselves in a cemetery at some point?). To round out the final program trip, we headed to Inishtioge where we saw a bit of the village and went on a scenic walk through the Woodstock gardens. This walk was my favorite part of the day- walking through the exotic pants and trees with the wonderful friends that I have made throughout the summer. Overall, I really enjoyed our last trip, from visiting one of the top stud farms in Europe to strolling through the gardens with the other interns around me. Thank you O’Connell House for taking us!