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

Connemara Ponies

At Goleen Harbour Farm we keep Connemara Ponies for breeding, Connemara’s are classified as an Irish Rare Breed and it is our aim to breed Performance foals but of old type breeding our foundation mare Kildromin Katie above is a great example of a true type Connemara, they are a hardy breed, easy to keep, friendly and light on the ground. Olive in the feature image is a Blue Eyed Cream, she too has great breeding and when put toRead more

Eyes of Iron

There are 9 of these eyes down our side of Goleen Harbour, with several on the West side. I’m told they were used to maneuver and turn the sail powered delivery boats bringing coal and other goods to Sheehan’s store in the village. It must have been quite a site, but a fairly common one in the many tight harbours around the shores of West Cork now part of the Wild Atlantic Way.Read more

Low Tide

The tide was very low today so I took advantage and explored the reef that runs off South into Ballydevlin Bay, it’s flat form reminded me of the volcanic reefs I’d walked on in Tonga and I’m told the water was almost as warm, well the warmest it’s been this year, though I didn’t venture in myself…Read more