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Participating Farmers

Ten farmers from the Dingle Peninsula have been selected to take part in Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe, A Creative Imagining.  The farming families include: Padraig O’Dowd and Sharon O’Sullivan, Siobhán Prendergast and Tony O’Sé, Joe and Teresa Kelliher, John Joe Fitzgerald, Sean Kennedy, Thomas and Nora Greaney, Michael and Sandra O’Dowd, Niamh Foley, Aidan O’Connor, and the O’Cíobháin family – Seamus, Eibhlín and Lís.

Tá gach duine againn atá bainteach le Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe, tionscadal cruthaitheach timpeall ar ghníomhú aeráide, fíorshásta a fhógairt go bhfuil deichniúr feirmeoirí ó Chorca Dhuibhne roghnaithe le bheith páirteach sa thionscadal.

Pictured above is the group, along with the project artist, Lisa Fingleton, on the second of our project trips which took us to the Burren to meet with Brendan Dunford of the Burren Programme.

You can find out more about the individual farmers by clicking on the links below:

Thomas Greaney

Thomas Greaney

My name is Tom Greaney, I am living and farming in Annascaul. I have a calf to beef enterprise, finish some and selling others as stores. I also keep some sheep and I finish the lambs to butcher weights. I would like to gain more knowledge on how I can improve my farming practices.

Joe Kelliher

Joe Kelliher

I am a Dairy farmer from Burnham, milking 70 cows.  I am married to Theresa. I was a new entrant to Dairy in 2017. I hope to learn of new ways to improve the sustainability of the farm going into the future.

Séamus Ó Ciobháin

Séamus Ó Ciobháin

Táimse ag plé le feirmeoireacht ar An nGráig i rith mo shaol ar fad. Ag obair ag feirmeóirí eile ar fud an pharóiste ar dtús. Cheannaoís tarracóir agus baler agus inneallra eile ina dhiaidh sin. Nuair a chailleadh m’athair, d’fhanas sa bhaile ag crú ba.  Bhi sucklers againn agus béithíg agus anois tá caoire amháin againn. Ag foghlaim rud nua i gconaí. Anois, céim eile chun cinn leis an Fheirmeoireacht Inbhúnaithe. Casadh eile sa tsaol. Tá súil agam go n’éiróidh leis an chéad glúin eile, go bhfanfaidh siad ar an dtalamh ag plé leis an bhfeirmóireacht anso i gCorca Dhuibhne.

John Joe Fitzgerald

John Joe Fitzgerald

My name is John Joe Fitzgerald.  I am a hill sheep farmer from Baile an Lochaigh, five miles west of Dingle.  I farm on the westerly slopes of Mount Brandon with my wife Karen.  We have five kids, Shannon, Aoife, Colm, Aodhán, and Tadhg. We Farm 102 hectares which we own; 10 hectares of improved ground, and 90 hectares of owned share of hill commonage. We are a farm in transition, back to a scotch blackface mountain breed of sheep which was always the traditional sheep on the hills of West Kerry.  This will help us get better utilisation from the hill, cut costs and help us be more sustainable going forward.  I am also a participant in Teagasc better farm sheep programme, Signpost Programme, Plutos programme, and the Teagasc e-smart Ruminant Programme.  What I would like to achieve by the end of this project is to have educated members of the public to better understand where there food comes from, that we are part of the solution to climate change and are willing to play our part too . We face challenges in the farming community to do with climate change, we understand that the climate is changing as we can see it in the seasons.  We do live on this planet, we're not aliens as some people portray us.

Pádraig O’ Dowd and Sharon O’Sullivan

Pádraig O’ Dowd and Sharon O’Sullivan

: Pádraig O’ Dowd is a part time sheep farmer with his wife, Sharon Ní Shúilleabháin and their four children, in Kinard, Lios Póil.

Theirs is a low input hill farm enterprise, playing to its strengths by farming the local breed of native Scotch sheep and making full use of the hill commonage. Sharon and Pádraigh applied to be part of the Creative Climate Change project as they felt it would be good opportunity to highlight how a high-quality product can be achieved with low inputs. “The sharing of different perspectives and knowledge transfer between the artist and our farming peers should be interesting and lead to better insights into easily implementable practices farmers could undertake to improve biodiversity on the peninsula and future proof farming from challenges that emanate from outside the farm gate.”

Siobhán Prendergast and Tony O’Sé

Siobhán Prendergast and Tony O’Sé

Táimíd ag tógaint ár chlann ar ár feirm i Ard na Caithne i Chorca Dhuibhne. Is caoire agus dry stock atá againn ar talamh sléibhtiúil agus féaraigh ar cósta iarthar Chiarraí. Le sin tá cupla capaill agus sicíní againn, agus fasaimíd glasraí don tigh. Bíonn ár feoil, iasc agus glasraí féinig againn don muintir. 

Mar feirmeoirí táimíd an-chongaireacht don talamh, don timpeallacht agus don aimsir. Tá an t-adh dearg linn bheith ag maireachtant in áit chomh álainn. Is fíor tabhachtach dúinn gach rud gur feidir linn deanamh chun an timpeallacht a choimeád.

Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy and his wife, Gabrielle, manage a dairy herd of 70 cows and replacements on 60 adjusted acres and 24 rented.  They operate a spring calving system.  Sean has a great interest in grass quality and his pastures are 90% multi-species sward.  He is also taking part in the Ploutus project run by the Dingle Hub.  They have three daughters.

Michael & Sandra O’Dowd

Michael & Sandra O’Dowd

Michael & Sandra O’Dowd, along with their five children, farm 75 acres at Ballycrispin, near Castlemaine.

They have a dairy herd of 40 milking cows, keeping 40 weanlings for a year.  They harvest apples from their orchard of 800 apple trees as well as making their own Ring of Kerry Apple Juice which retails locally.  To improve pollination for the orchard, they have approximately 40 beehives, selling the surplus honey.

The farm includes a sizeable poultry enterprise of chickens and turkeys which they sell seasonally and enough hens to keep them in eggs.  Much of their vegetables are provided by a kitchen garden on the farm, and the family also keep goats which they milk for domestic use.

Their farm is rich in biodiversity with nesting Whooper Swans in winter, House Martins in summer, a wide variety of other birdlife, and foxes.

Niamh Foley

Niamh Foley

Aidan O’Connor

Aidan O’Connor

Aidan O Connor is a vegetable grower and produces for local farmers markets. His family having been growing veg for generations, in Maharees, where he lives with his partner, Jackie, and their three children. He grows carrots, parsnips, onions, beetroot and brassicas. He also keeps hens, ducks, geese and breeds free range pigs. Patch and Gerty currently have 13 banbhs! Any non-uniform carrots and beetroot are used to make juice which is then bottled and sold at his market stall. Given the exposed nature of the Maharees, Aidan is very familiar with the challenges presented to his farming practice by climate change, and has had personal experience of crop failure because of this global issue.