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Tully Gardens
URL:Goto this web site  http://www.irish-national-stud.ie/japanese.html 
Name:Tully Gardens garden photo
Tully Gardens
Photo: Sam Whiskey

Alternate Name:Irish National Stud 
Address:Located I mile east of Kildare and 25 miles south west of Dublin in Tully.
NGR: N 735109 
Mailing Address: 
State:County Kildare 
Postal Code: 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=53.1667; long=-6.75
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Phone:+353.(0)45.522963 or +353.(0)45.521617 
Designer(s):Eida and Minoru 
Construction Period:1906 - 1910 
Hours:12th February to 12th November, 7 days 9.30am-6.00pm. Last admission 1 hour before closing. 
Admission:Adults 8.50, Student 4.50, O.A.P 4.50, Child (under 12) 3.00, Family (2 Adults & 4 Children) 14.00 
Added to JGarden:1/1/1998 
Last Updated:5/1/2004 
JGarden Description:The Japanese Gardens at Tully were created between the years 1906-1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker (later Lord Wavertree), a wealthy Scotsman of a famous brewery family and laid out by the Japanese Eida and his son Minoru. The Gardens, planned to symbolize the 'Life of Man', are now of international renown and are considered some of finest Japanese gardens in Europe.

Eida remained at Tully until 1912. He and his wife and two sons, Minoru and Kaiji, lived at Curragh House, which is now the Racing Apprentice Centre of Education. The name Minoru which means 'light of my eye' or the 'favourite one' was chosen by Colonel Hall-Walker for his favourite Tully-bred colt. When leased to King Edward VII for his racing career the colt Minoru carried the royal colours to victory in the Derby of 1909 to joyous cheers of "Good Old Teddy"!

Eida died in 1912 on his intended return journey to Japan and no more was heard of him or his family until Brian Eida, a son of Minoru, turned up as a tourist to admire the work of his grandfather Tassa.

In 1915, Colonel Hall-Walker departed to England, presenting his entire Tully property to 'The Nation'. His Stud Farm became the British National Stud and the Japanese Gardens entered a period of relative obscurity until 1945. In that year (Tully properties having returned to the Irish Government in 1943) the Irish National Stud Company was formed. In the following year, 1946, after a gap of 34 years, the Japanese Gardens got a horticultural supervisor.

The symbolism of life, the garden portrays and traces the journey of a soul from Oblivion to Eternity and the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Typical ambitions toward education, marriage, or a contemplative or carefree life, achievement, happy old age and a gateway to Eternity are portrayed.

The gardens are visited by more than 100,000 people annually.

Refreshments available. Gift shop. Plants for sale. Toilet facilities. Admission charged to gardens, Irish National Stud and Horse Museum.

"Normally gardens consult the genius of place in their design but at Tully the local countryside is excluded and the visitor enters an environment that exudes the mystical and botanical world of distant Japan. One of the most successful gardens of its kind, Tully is a product of the Edwardian vogue for Japanese garden making which developed as part of a movement away from the English garden and in response to a rage for autumn colour and a ready availability of a wide variety of maples."

BUS: On Weekdays leaves Central Bus Station - BUSARAS at 9.30 a.m.

TRAINS: The ARROW runs from HEUSTON STATION, Kingsbridge to KILDARE TOWN about every 35 minutes.

ROADS: From DUBLIN you take the N7 SOUTH for LIMERICK/CORK. KILDARE is about 40 minutes from Dublin. 

Since before anyone remembers
It has been clear
Shining like silver
Though the moonlight penetrates it and the wind ruffles it
No trace of either remains.
Today I would not dare to expound the secret of the stream bed
But I can tell you
That the blue dragon is coiled there.

  Muso Soseki
  trans. by W.S. Merwin and Soiku Shigematsu
  14th century

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