July 31, 2006


Chapter 19 of the An Tostal Programme of 1953 is dedicated to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens at Tully.
TULLY was purchased by Colonel W. Hall-Walker, later Lord Wavertree, as a racing stable about 1900. Shortly afterwards, believing it was more suited to the breeding and rearing of thoroughbred horses, he con­verted it into a Stud. He spent some years acquiring a collection of foundation mares which were to become of almost priceless value. The descendants of these first mares have had a profound influence on the modern racehorse. The winners of many English and Irish classics have been bred at Tully.
In 1915 Lord Wavertree decided to give up his interest in the Stud and offered it to the Government as a gift, to form a National Stud. This offer was accepted. The thoroughbreds and all the valuable equipment of house and farm finally became the property of the Govern­ment of the day. Managed first by Sir Henry Greer, the National Stud flourished and in twenty years the yearlings alone brought in £250,000 in revenue. Later the Stud was managed by Mr. Noble Johnson, who was succeeded by Mr. Peter Burrell. The National Stud continued its production of high-class horses until 1943 when the stock was taken to England and the property was taken over by the Irish Government. From 1922 to 1943 the English Govern­ment had paid an agreed sum in lieu of rent to the Irish Government.
On January 1st, 1944, the Irish Government took possession of Tully and until bloodstock could be purchased it was farmed and grazed with cattle.
The Irish National Stud Company was formed and the National Stud Act passed the Dail in August, 1945. The breeding of high-class thoroughbreds was to be the sole business of the National Stud at Tully which was to make available to small Irish breeders sires of the best class at reasonable fees, and so improve the thoroughbred strain in Ireland. Sires were also to stand at centres through the country other than Tully. A limited number of high-class brood mares was to be purchased to maintain an annual supply of stock for future breeding. These thoroughbreds after a racecourse test were to be used as sires or brood mares if of sufficient racing merit.
H.E. the President of Ireland graciously consented to allow this stock to race in his name and colours. The National Stud is not directly under the Department of Agriculture.
The first purchase made by the Directors was the famous Royal Charger. He has been very successful, and his progeny are still winning on the racecourses of Europe and the U.S.A. Other sires purchased are Preceptic, Blackrock and Whitehall. A number of first-class thoroughbred mares have also been purchased.
The most famous sire—Tulyar—has been purchased for £250,000, and promises to fulfil the highest hopes of the founders of the National Stud.
Major C. C. Hall is racing manager to H.E. the President of Ireland and is also the resident manager of Tully Stud.
               CLASSED as being unique in the world the Japanese Gardens are adjoining the National Stud and are its property. Planned and devised by Col. W. Hall-Walker—later Lord Wavertree—they were built by the Japanese Eida and his son Minoru. The Gardens cover an area of about one and a quarter acres; they cost £38,000 and took four years—1906-1910—to complete.
They are planned to symbolise the Life of Man from the Cradle to the Grave. The scheme of the planting of trees and shrubs stress this symbol ; Spring, the start of life, when the cherry trees bloom; Autumn, the end of life, with the maple leaves coming to their full glory. Irish and English yew and box are interspersed for the art of topiary. There are old trees from four to six hundred years old. A fascinating object is the “Village” built of lava from the Japanese sacred mountain, Fusiyama.
Upwards of 20,000 visitors see the Gardens each season.


Chapter 19 of the An Tostal Programme of 1953 is dedicated to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens at Tully.

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