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Cooley farmer comes to rescue of wild goats who had been roaming free in Clare

Cooley farmer comes to rescue of wild goats who had been roaming free in Clare

A farmer from the Cooley Peninsula has come to the rescue of a herd of wild goats that had been roaming free and upsetting locals in residential areas of Ennis in Co Clare.

A report in today’s Irish Examiner says the wild herd have been transferred by lands owned by farmer Sean Finnegan by Clare County Council.

It comes 10 days after Clare Cllr Mary Howard raised the prospect of the males in the herd having to be castrated “because they are procreating like there is no tomorrow.”

Mr Finnegan welcomed the goats after revealing they would be the first herd on the mountain on his lands since the army shot dead, from a helicopter, the last herd during the foot and mouth crisis in 2001.

The 61-year-old said his entire 380 strong stock of sheep were also culled during the crisis 17 years ago.

He said: “It was a sad and upsetting time losing the sheep and the goats. We lost everything.”

He said that generations of the herd of wild goats were on the mountain for over one hundred years before 2001.

After receiving the goats on Wednesday evening, Mr Finnegan set them off in the direction of the mountain.

“It’s great to have goats back on the mountain,” he said.

Read the full story here.

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