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

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

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