Why?

People ask why we are doing this, for my part anyway part of the reason I came to Ireland was as a Bristol based Graphic Designer I was becoming less and less comfortable with the way my industry was promoting and in turn propagating mass consumption and Western consumerism.  I wanted a change, I was fortunate enough to be at the forefront of the beginning of Mountain Biking in the UK in the mid 80’s. I was one of theRead more

Horses for Gorses

Gorse or Furze as it is commonly known here is a highly nutritious, protein filled plant that was commonly fed to horses in winter here in West Cork and all over Ireland. It was harvested and chopped with a Furze machine, you occasionally see them around still painted up as ornaments I have one myself. Our horses and ponies are tucking into the gorse at the moment and I’m delighted to see it as I know it is nutritious andRead more

A visit from our neighbour’s granddaughter Mair

I had the pleasure of accompanying Chris’s granddaughter Mair and her father Owen on a walk around our farm, Maire is a talented young photographer and writer and I look forward to seeing more of her work. In Ireland places are often associated with individuals and Goleen Harbour, in my mind, will always be my Grandfather’s home. Recently I was invited by Matt to have a look around his project and to take some photographs. I was delighted to hearRead more

The best cycling roads in Ireland on our doorstep…

Above is the view from close to the top of a long climb (Cat 3) out of Goleen village, looking South to Cape Clear Island and the iconic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse I do believe we have arguably the best road riding in Ireland in terms of the combination of scenery, terrain and low traffic volumes. Ok so the surfaces are not great, personally I use a Cyclocross bike which gives me the option of taking the odd bog road andRead more

How we aim to help our environment

The environment and it’s biodiversity are hugely important to us at Goleen Harbour. We have 2 Key objectives by which all our actions are measured 1. To enhance the biodiversity and improve the natural environment that we own and as much of the surrounding area as possible 2. To create sustainable local employment and strengthen the local economy Key to this is our aim to plant around 8 acres of Native Woodland with approx 8000 trees, the woodland area withRead more