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Life in the Countryside

 

For anyone interested in seeing what life in the Irish countryside is like, a great place to go for a day is Causey Farm! Causey Farm is a beautiful farm located in Kells, which is about an hour outside of Dublin. The farm is a family owned business run by the Murtagh family, who raise livestock and grow several varieties of vegetables for profit. The farm also hosts year-round events and activities and organizes visits for all kinds of travelers!

During your visit to the farm, you can observe a live sheepdog demonstration. The dogs are trained from a young age to herd the sheep into pens. During the visits the dogs herd the sheep right over to the visitors so that guests can say ‘hello’!

 

After watching the sheepdog demo, visitors can head over to the barn where they can learn how to milk a cow. You can even try tasting some of the milk—it’s guaranteed to be the freshest in Ireland! The farm breeds their cows as well, and there are often several calves in the barn. Next to the cows is a small doghouse, for some of the retired sheepdogs to rest. The female dogs are bred for puppies, which are often found sleeping on the straw in the barn. The most recent litter of pups was born just four weeks ago! Little piglets, lambs, and donkeys can also be found in the barn.

 

Once you’ve met all the animals on the farm, it’s time to let out your adventurous side! The farm operates tractor rides out to the bog down the road. You can walk out safely about 20 meters into the bog, where you can observe turf cutting. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can try walking or jumping in one of the many mud pools found in the bog. They say it’s great for the skin!

After spending time in the bog, head back over to the farm for some traditional Irish activities! You can try your hand at playing the Bodhran, a traditional goatskin drum, or you can learn Ceili dancing. You can also join in a game of hurling! If none of these options appeal, you can also sit in on a mini-Gaelic lesson and learn a few words of Irish.

 

After all that activity, it’s time to head back to the barn to end your day with tea and freshly baked scones. In the long cookhouse you can either bake your own Irish soda bread to enjoy, or you can have scones with jam and butter. Either way, it’s the perfect snack to end a long day of entertaining activities!

 

See you next week for more activities, sights, and events around Ireland!

 

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