On Easter Sunday, I was invited to dinner with Gerry's family. This gathering consisted of his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, and two of his three daughters, Anna and Grace. Dinner was amazing, and it felt great to sit around a table with a family again (even if it wasn't my family...).
|Anna, myself, and Grace|
The grounds around the Stud were beautiful as well. But what do you expect, considering this facility foals, raises, and boards the most famous horses in all of Ireland?
|There is also the Irish Horse Museum on the property|
|The flags represent all of the nationalities of students who have attended the schooling program offered at the Stud.|
|"One of the greatest racehorses of all time" - he won the 2,000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes – the first colt to accomplish this treble since 1989 champion Nashwan – the International Stakes, the Irish Champion Stakes, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.|
|Statue dedication to Sea the Stars|
|A very important member of the Stud staff|
|These horses have got it made - just look at those nice stables|
|This is Invincible Spirit. Part of our trip involved viewing a "cover" (aka breeding) take place, and he was the lucky stallion ;)|
|€384,982 in prize money, and he wasn't even the richest horse there!|
|Another Irish champion, Gale Force Ten. He gave me the chance, so I snapped a photo|
On Thursday (16 April), UCD played Trinity College in the Annual Colours Rugby Match. Because there are only seven university-status schools in all of Ireland, the games are all pretty significant. It was definitely an exciting game to be present for. UCD was leading the game for a long time (Rugby games are composed of two 35-minute halves). The score was 25-22 and there were seven minutes left when Trinity scored a try (a try is worth five points, and a conversion is worth two) and got the conversion, bringing the score to 29-25 in favor of Trinity, seeming pretty hopeless. Everyone was on their feet and Trinity fans were mad with excitement, but unfortunately for them, UCD scored again with two and a half minutes to go in the match, and came back to win 32-29.
Might I also add that after watching a mere two games of rugby, I already have a much better understanding of the sport than I have EVER had in alllll my years of watching American football...
|This is called a "scrum," and is called whenever the ball becomes "unplayable"|
|At half time, they had a short junior rugby match|
|This is called a 'lineout' and is used when the ball goes out of bounds|
|The ball is thrown between the two lines, and each team must lift a player to win the ball for their team|
Aside from some of these more exciting events going on around campus, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the UCD campus. Even though the grounds are not even a quarter of the size (nor age) of Purdue, I have a real appreciation for how well-kept the campus is and how much work goes into keeping it nice.
|I love the feeling this gives me - the feeling that summer is on its way (even though I know an Irish summer is nothing compared to an Indiana one...I'm just ready for summer)|
One day as I was on the bus headed toward the city, sitting on the top level of the bus I thought I saw some sort of garden over the hedges off to the side of the road just before exiting the campus. So today when I remembered seeing it, I decided to explore a little. From the road, the hedges completely block out any sight of this serene little garden, but I'm so glad I took a few moments to look inside.
|You would hardly even know something was there...|
These next few photos are from the walk I take to class every day.
|Afternoon, Mr. Magpie|
- One for sorrow,
- Two for joy,
- Three for a girl,
- Four for a boy,
- Five for silver,
- Six for gold,
- Seven for a secret,
- Never to be told.
|View of campus from the Newman building|
One day last week, UCD had an event in the part of campus known as the "Quad." They had bouncy houses, sumo wrestling body suits, a mobile petting zoo, and the Teddy's Ice Cream Truck available all day.
|They had lambs, goats, a llama, baby bunnies, ducks and ducklings, chickens and chicks, guinea pigs, miniature pigs, gerbils, and more.|