2 years ago, on our 3 week "mini -grand tour" of Ireland, we enjoyed many places, north and south, east and west. Countryside, seashores, cliffs and cities. The afternoon we spent at Kissane farm was a glorious sunny day and was the most memorable day we spent in Ireland, for sure. Border collie dogs and sheep scampered all over hills and jumped over stone walls while we watched from above. The herding dogs were amazing as they rounded up and guided the sheep with finesse and speed. We met the family who has run this farm for generations and admired their courage and grit to keep it operating despite challenges with low wool prices and the intense labor they invest. We will remember the little sheep we adopted and named Murphy, cute as a button, with a young mother who had been kept in stable since she gave birth much earlier than most. We laughed and looked with wonder at the beauty, and left with tears in our eyes and grateful hearts. We continue to appreciate the hard work performed by both the family and the animals to entertain us, raise herding dogs, sheep, and supply sheared wool to the markets. We renewed our little Murphy adoption with a modest donation to help support this wonderful operation. We encourage you to visit and/ or adopt a sheep so the farm will still be there for you and maybe your children and theirs, too, someday. We will go back there one day God Willing, and hope it will still be there.
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