Launched by Minister Michael Creed on the 20th October, 2017 at Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork Farm Tours is a new venture that offers visitors the opportunity to experience authentic working farms and witness grass roots food production in action. They aim to share the story of the quality food they produce and extensive knowledge of the history of each farm and surrounding localities. The farmers include national award-winning food producers across a range of farming disciplines with one of their aims being to help bridge the knowledge gap from the raw material to the end product.
What does a West Cork Farm Tour involve; each tour is tailored to the season and the rhythms of the working year: you won’t meet all our farmers on one trip, but you’re guaranteed to get behind the scenes on working farms where some of Ireland’s best dairy, beef and pork are produced. Meet the people on the land they farm and enjoy hospitality in their kitchen and visitor centres where you’ll get to sample some of the great produce West Cork is renowned for!
West Cork Farm tours has the backing of three hotels; Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Emmet Hotel Clonakilty and Fernhill House Hotel Clonakilty, all family owned properties on the Wild Atlantic Way. Speaking on behalf of the hotels involved, Neil Grant, General Manager of the Celtic Ross said…
The West Cork farmers:
Avril & Willie Allshire and their sons William and Maurice live near Rosscarbery. They produce Caherbeg free range pork and through their Rosscarbery recipes brand produce international award-winning black & white pudding.
Michael and Marguerite Crowley and their five children are dairy farmers based near Skibbereen. In 2016 they won West Cork Dairy Farmer of the year, Carbery Milk Quality award and were finalists in the National Dairy Council/Kerrygold Milk quality awards.
John Joe Sullivan and family run a dairy and calf rearing enterprise in Rosscarbery. They are Carbery Milk Quality Award winners twice and in 2016 they won the Origin Green Sustainability award. John Joe also produces honey.
Denis and Collette O Donovan and their son Eoghan produce high quality milk from grass grazed by their Jersey cross Friesian herd situated between Rosscarbery & Glandore. Their coastal farm is located close to Drombeg stone circle.
Tommy Moyles is the fifth generation of his family to farm on the coast near Sandescove beach at Ardfield, Clonakilty. A Nuffield Ireland farming scholar, he runs a herd of Simmental cows producing beef from grass.
Marie Healy, Wild Atlantic Way Project Officer, Fáilte Ireland added; ‘In a year that has seen West Cork crowned as the Best Foodie Destination in Ireland it seems appropriate that our Dairy, Pig & Beef farmers can show our visitors where it all begins! In addition to providing another great enhancement for visitors travelling the Wild Atlantic Way, these Farm Tours will encourage those who travel along the route to slow down, dwell longer and immerse themselves in the local culture and tradition. Meeting these award-winning farm families will foster a deeper appreciation of Ireland’s growing food reputation, it will extend the season for our accommodation providers, and we in Fáilte Ireland look forward to working closely with them on the continuous development of this distinctive farm trail.’
Celtic Ross Hotel: T: +353 (0) 23 8848722, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.celticrosshotel.com;
Emmet Hotel: T: +353 (0) 23 8833394, email@example.com; www.emmethotel.com;
Fernhill House Hotel: T: +353 (0) 23 8833258, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fernhillhousehotel.com;