Meet Lexington’s sister city County Kildare, Ireland

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The Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud were created in the early 1900s. | Photo courtesy of @irishnationalstudandgardens

Keeping with the Irish theme, today we’re introducing you to one of Lexington’s sister cities, County Kildare. Fun fact: St. Brigid — who formed a monastery in Kildare — is a patron saint of Ireland along with St. Patrick + St. Columba.

Just as we are considered the Horse Capital of the World, County Kildare is the epicenter of the thoroughbred industry in Ireland.

It’s home to the Irish National Stud & Gardens, a six-month residential course which gives students hands-on experience during a thoroughbred breeding season. And if you visit one hundreds of horse farms, you’re likely to bump into one of their alumni — like City Editor Molly’s dad.

This year marks 40 years of the partnership, which offers a student exchange for both high school + University of Kentucky students, as well as virtual exchange for elementary school students.

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