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220px-SaintkevinschurchIreland’s vibrant history is reflected in a striking variety of prehistoric evidence scattered across the country, like megalithic tombs and dolmens, Celtic ring forts and burial sites - each of them with its own individual local legend and myth. The Celtic culture and language dominated Irish history for thousands of years, and even now, that legacy is still with us. The famous St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in the 4th century. Christianity brought about the building of beautiful churches and abbeys along with the widespread development of monastic settlements. One monastic settlement was erected by a monk called Mosacra in the 7th century in the townlands of Saggart. Saggart is the Irish word for Priest and hence the village was named after him. From this outpost Mosacra spread Christianity leaving his legacy in the area until the Viking invasions of the 9th and 10th century. There is one section of this settlement remaining at the Lynch family farm overlooking the outdoor arena where trail rides begin. Some trail rides pass the remains of an Irish Ring fort in the Dublin forest which dates back to the 9th/10th century. Vikings discovered these vulnerable settings and raided many of these tempting targets of their precious ornaments and wonderfully crafted books. In an attempt to save their relics, the monks built distinctive round towers, which Vikings couldn’t loot. You can find round towers in the local village of Clondalkin and the picturesque early medieval monastic settlement at Glendalough.

220px-The Round Tower at Glendalough Co. Wicklow Ireland 2012Centuries later in the 12th century war was waged between the British Crowns forces and most rebellious of Irish families over lands and holding. In the 13th Century the notorious Irish Families of the O'Toole's and O’Byrne’s waged a "War of Fire and Sword" against the Crown. During these years tenants fled and lands became barren whilst Coolmine became the stage for numerous rebellions against the Crown. They burnt out farms, pillaged and laid waste to villages in the area under the Crowns rule. 
At this time the lands of Saggart and Coolmine were regarded as "lands of war" where the Crown deployed armed forces to guard its property at Saggart against the "Irish of the mountains of Leinster... Felons and Rebels"

The Lynch family looked for any leftover precious gems, artefacts or gold in 1911 when John "the Boss" Lynch bought the estate. There was only an old underground passage where women and clergymen fled with the churches precious gold and jewels which surfaced in Rathcoole.

Today Dublin's hidden charms may be forgotten but its history resurfaces when our guides greet tourists from all over the world with a warm welcome and a "CEAD MILE FAILTE" (A hundred thousand welcomes)


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Coolmine Equestrian Centre, Saggart, Co Dublin is a top class equestrian facility situated right in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains with awe inspiring views over our Capital City, Leinster and the Irish Sea.

Owned and managed by the Lynch Family, Coolmine Equestrian brings the fun, family friendly ideals to life in the Riding School, Livery Stables and Equestrian Holiday Centre. 

Coolmine Equestrian Academy is family run and managed. Coolmine Equestrian provides a venue for horse riding in Dublin and a diverse range of equestrian activities for young people and adults alike. The Coolmine Equestrian mission is to “provide horse riding amenities to the local area and tourists to a standard of excellence”. Our staff aim to deliver the best possible service to you in an effective, efficient and caring manner. 

Coolmine Equestrian Academy Dublin

Coolmine Equestrian Centre was founded in 1989 by Dr's Liam & Lynda Lynch. Liam and Lynda are practising Doctors who specialise in Sports Medicine and have designed equestrian courses with health and wellbeing in mind. Coolmine Equestrian Academy Dublin has been hosting equestrian holidays and horseback riding vacations in Irelands capital city since 1991. CEAD-Ireland provides riding holidays for single travellers, families and groups in a fun, friendly environment. Conveniently located within 30 minute drive of many of Dublin's main tourist attractions, this riding vacation destination offers adults riding lessons, horseback riding on mountain and forest trails with break-taking scenery in the Irish countryside, combined with sightseeing in Ireland. 

The facility is set on 80 acres of beautiful farmland in the Saggart area of County Dublin which overlooks Dublin City to the Irish Sea. The centre consists of 28 livery stables, three arenas, cross country course and trekking centre. The centre has standards accreditations from AIRE (the Association of Irish Riding Establishments), the BHS (British Horse Society) and the Failte Ireland Equestrian Tourism Centre. 

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Our Management Staff

At CEAD-Ireland we select our summer camp managers for their outstanding leadership qualities, organisational skills, summer camp experience and their enthusiasm. All our Summer Camp managers have are professional teachers and instructors with exceptional third level qualifications and training. They are dedicated and committed to ensuring all our campers have a positive summer camp experience. Each manager takes great pride in their own summer camp. Children love to see familiar faces!

Our Teaching Staff

We pride ourselves on our professionally trained staff, who are dedicated to their work at CEAD-Ireland. Our staff are Professional Equestrian Trainers, Instructors and Coaches, Professional Trail Ride Leaders, as well as undergraduates from the various equestrian training institutions throughout Ireland. We insist on an exceptionally high standard of professional instructors to work on our summer camps and holidays, which adds to the strength of our team.

New recruits are selected after an interview process. All successful candidates are Garda vetted and receive training prior to working on our camps. Our teaching staff actively encourage each campers full involvement, thereby ensuring they get maximum benefit from the summer camp. We also ensure that every camper has a camp buddy which can help at any time during there stay.

All our staff members are dependable, enthusiastic, outgoing, knowledgeable and truly caring individuals.

Maeve Spain 2014Maeve Lynch, Chief Instructor and Manager 

Will Lynch, General Manager

In house Farrier: Kevin McDonagh

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Horse riding Ireland Trail Rides, Holidays & Vacations in the Dublin Countryside

Coolmine Equestrian Academy Dublin (CEAD) has been hosting equestrian holidays and horseback riding vacations in Ireland's Capital City since 1991.

CEAD-Ireland provides horse riding in Ireland in a fine selection of Pony Camps , horseback trail riding on mountain and forest trails and riding holidays for individuals, school groups, equestrian clubs, families and groups in a fun, friendly environment.

Conveniently located within a 30 minute drive of many of Dublin & Kildare's main tourist attractions , this riding vacation destination benefits from breath-taking scenery in the Irish countryside, combined with historical sightseeing in Ireland . Equestrian vacations can be customised for all types and levels of rider.

There is plenty on offer here at CEAD-Ireland. 



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Coolmine Equestrian Academy

Coolmine, Saggart,

Co Dublin, Ireland.

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What People Say

"What an excellent experience with just fantastic staff beautiful location magnificent view and perfect horses. Top notch.."

"My daughter had a fabulous week there in April,a really professional and well run establishment,we will certainly be back."

"Ciara has arrived back and is missing everyone at Coolmine. She had a great time! Thank you for everything and for making her time there so enjoyable! She has made a friend and wants to go back next year! She has fallen in love with Dancer. I know she wants to come again"

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