Stud farms, colleges, a concrete company and thousands of farmers and other legal entities benefitted from payments under the Common Agriculture Policy last year.

Details of the payments were published by the Department of Agriculture, under an EU regulation that requires annual publication of beneficiaries' names, counties and amounts they received.

The total amount dispersed was €1.8bn and it went to 129,000 beneficiaries.

Among the greatest beneficiaries was the horse-breeding and racing operation Godolphin Ireland UC in Co Kildare, owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It received direct payments of €218,000.

Derrinstown Stud Ltd, a 2,000-acre stud farm, also in Kildare, benefitted from a direct payment of €101,000.

The Gurteen agricultural college in Co Tipperary received payments of €108,000 while the Holy Ghost Fathers who farm an extensive holding, also in Tipperary, received payments of €141,000.

An entity in Co Westmeath, Glasson Concrete Ltd, was also in receipt of CAP payments totalling €120,000.

Other entities that received CAP funds include Teagasc (the agricultural advisory service) and University College Dublin.

All the payment details published were made between October 2020 and October 2021.

A searchable database of CAP recipients can be accessed at CAP Beneficiaries Publication (