All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 60 forestry 20 pasture
Persons: 2, or 3 if 2 share
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 2680
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Last Updated: December 31, 2017
Special Note for anyone concerned by CO2 emissions from air travel and would consider travelling to Ireland by land:
Getting to Ireland by bus,train and ferry can be expensive and time consuming but if you're willing to consider doing so then I'd like to help with your train/ferry/bus tickets to get you to my farm. Sound good? :-) Please contact me in advance of booking your tickets.
We're a family with two young children (Hazel -April 2010 and Serena - April 2013), living in East Clare.
I studied IT but came back to work on our family farm in 1999.
I am very interested in ecology, especially in bats, badgers and red squirrels. In August I carry out a yearly Daubenton's bat survey. (It's also around the time of year we check and clean the bat and bird boxes.)
If you stay with us we will doing some gardening, general farm work and buildings maintenance during summer, but mostly woodland activities: maintaining a young woodland area ( shaping, pruning, clearing paths and scrub from around young trees, recording native trees of interest using GPS, planting, fencing etc). The particular activities we'd be engaged in depend very much on the time of year and weather conditions.
Tasks for Winter 2015 - Spring 2016:
We didn't get all our oak trees planted in 2015 so we've still some left to do for this winter/spring. The oaks, along with other broadleaf trees, are being planted in a young forest to increase biodiversity. All oaks will need timber stakes and protection with deer tubes.
The other main task is taking care of the beef animals that we house indoors for the wet winter months.
[After the tree planting season]
Some care of the beef cows.(which we don't eat!)
Hay/silage making and moving bales
Creating more paths in the forest
Enlarging the pond.
Removing spruce trees to give oak and birch trees more light
You might also spend some time with a new native tree nursery run by a charity (CELT) on my land.
While you're with us:
Vegetarian food provided. Room in an old farmhouse which is being renovated. We are in the countryside, located about 3km from shops. Within 40km of Shannon airport, Limerick and Ennis. Near Lough Derg.
I have some old bikes that can be used for exploring athe area.
Note: We have a very sociable toddler. Born April 2013.
If you travel from the Dublin or Cork direction by bus or rail then Birdhill is the closest stop to me. This stop is only served by Kavanaghs bus company. IMPORTANT NOTE: Bus Eireann, the state bus company no longer runs direct buses to Birdhill, though you can still get there if you change at Limerick and put up with a longer bus journey.
From the UK: you can purchase SailRail tickets which is cheaper than buying separate rail and ferry tickets.
Travelling by bus using Eurolines is also an option but I've found the train far more comfortable and the difference in price is small.
You can opt to continue from Dublin to Birdhill rail station but be warned there aren't many services per day!
Or you could continue from Dublin by bus...
Bus Eireann buses travel frequently between Shannon Airport and both Limerick and Ennis.
DublinCoach.ie are competitively priced and have fast and frequent services between Dublin Airport/Dublin City and Limerick/Ennis.
JJ Kavanagh provide bus services between Dublin and Birdhill. Dublin Coach is another bus operator on the Dublin-Limerick route but they stop a bit further away at Annacotty (just outside Limerick).
Buses twice a day from Limerick to Tuamgraney - Tuamgraney is where I live.
Clare Accessible Transport provide buses between Ennis and Tuamgraney but if you're in Ennis there's a good chance if I can arrange for someone to pick you up.
If you are staying for 2 weeks or more I'm happy to collect you from the Airport!
If you're happy to thumb a lift then you shouldn't have a problem either.