First foal of year named at Kildare’s National Stud

The first foal of the year born at the Irish National Stud outside Kildare town was officially named today, February 9. The little steel grey filly, who was born on January 19, will be now be known as Heritage Island.

The first foal of the year born at the Irish National Stud outside Kildare town was officially named today, February 9. The little steel grey filly, who was born on January 19, will be now be known as Heritage Island.

Children from Miss Zita Sweeney’s junior infants class from Scoil Bhride Naofa in Kildare town were among the first members of the public to get a glimpse of the latest arrival.

Her mum, Dreamaway, had a choice of five names which were printed on five buckets of feed. The buckets were laid out in a line this morning, and whichever bucket the mare put her nose into first was deemed the winning name.

Dreamaway went to eat from the bucket labelled Heritage Island first and the decision was made.

Heritage Island has a perfectly formed loveheart on her forehead and was in fine form as she greeted the school children. The Irish National Stud launched a competition on Twitter for their followers to post their suggestions to name the foal. The final five suggestions were put forward for mum to decide.

The foal will grow up at the Irish National Stud where everybody will have the opportunity to come and view her when they visit. The Irish National Stud which also includes the World Famous Japanese Gardens and award winning St. Fiachra’s Gardens will officially open to the public this Sunday February 12.