MILE FAILTE - "you are very welcome" That's the way a guest in rural Ireland is welcomed.
You are all very welcome to our website. Please take your time. May you be fascinated and inspired by the Magic of Ireland and the arts and crafts, establishing an untearable ribbon to the Green Island!
The Irish sheep are allowed to enjoy nearly boundless freedom in keeping with the nature. Even at the mountain areas they are spending their lives all-the-year on the meadows. Accordingly robust and frugal they have to be. Following breeds are most common: the "Blackfaced Scottish Mountain Sheep" (being native to Scotland) and minor the dark "Jacob Sheep" (being native to Palestine) as well as even some Cheviot- and Suffolk Sheep.
...and their wool
The rather rough wool of the Blackfaced Scottish Mountain Sheep is suitable for the making of carpets - in contrast to the soft wool of the Cheviot, Suffolk or dark Jacob Sheep. Their wool is suitable for the making of sweaters. Once a year - from end of May until September - the sheep are shorn. On an average 2-3 kilogram of wool is extracted out of a single sheep. At the end of the sheep shearing season all the wool is entirely sent to the United Kingdom for further washing and processing.
Magic of Ireland
The Ensouled Nature of Ireland
Nowhere else the veil to the "Other-world" is comparably airy as it is in Ireland!
Besides of its rolling hills and its steep coasts the Green Island disposes of an ensouled nature. Celts named this mystical dimension beside ours the "Other-world"... more
The Irish sheep are living in keeping with nature - and leave their waving marks: loose wool stucking at a fence, a streak entangling itself in a bramble or the gorse. Collecting these wooly clusters, I carefully wash and dry them, followed by combing to free them from plant parts... more
This way unique handcraft arises for anybody being unable or even unwilling to elude the fascination of the mystical Green Island... more
The manually collected wool of the sheep living all-the-year in keeping with the amazing nature is hand-washed, combed and finally brought to its individual shape by the time-consuming, centuries-old traditional handcraft of needle felting...