Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Gardens

The 17th century gardens in Killruddery are the oldest examples in Ireland still surviving in their original style.  The Gardens were designed for the entertainment of a large number of people and were thought to have been laid out by a French landscape architect named Bonet, a pupil of Le Notre, in 1682.

The Long Ponds, left, twin canals 187 metres long, offer magnificent views, but they were also used to stock fish for the house.

Numerous events and concerts are held in Killruderry each year and below is the setting for the concert given the night before by Jose Carreras which was attended by the Earl and Countess of Meath - and about 5,000 others!

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