The race to save the Curragh

Feted in songs, a part of the country’s mythological landscape and home to the Irish army and horseracing, the Curragh of Kildare is today in danger of being destroyed by neglect, illegal dumping and overuse.

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
21st August, 2015
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Mark Weld, horse trainer: ‘I just made up my mind on the spot that something had to be done’ Picture: Barry Cronin

The myth, as every Irish primary school student knows, goes like this.

Some time around the fifth century, St Brigid approached the King of Leinster looking for land upon which to build a convent.

Brigid, of course, wasn’t a saint then, and the King of Leinster was a parsimonious type, so he refused. He laughed in her face, even though the land was perfect for a convent, being fertile, near running water, and with a...

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