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Humans of Kildare – Michael from Irish Working Sheepdogs

๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™„๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ๐™™๐™ค๐™œ๐™จ.
We do sheepdog demonstrations for tourists, corporate groupsโ€ฆ basically anyone thatโ€™s interested in coming to see us! We do up to three demonstrations a day and the demonstration takes about 50 minutes. We explain about the Border Collies โ€“ how we breed them, how we train them, where they originated. Then we do a talk on the sheep โ€“ the type of sheep that we farm and about the wool. We cover the whole year of a sheep farmer. In the demonstration we show the dogs working โ€“ driving the sheep through objects and more. Itโ€™s a bit of fun! If we have corporate groups, we let them do a bit of sheep herding. We show them how the dog did itโ€ฆ then we ask them to do it! Weโ€™re open seven days a week, all year round and yeah โ€“ thatโ€™s what we do.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฅ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™„๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ๐™™๐™ค๐™œ๐™จ?
They can expect to be educated, they can expect to be entertained and they can expect to have a bit of fun. Weโ€™ll show them how a sheep is sheered; weโ€™ll tell them about the different types of sheep. Weโ€™ll tell them loads! Then with the dogs, people love to see working dogs in action and people are fascinated by it.

๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™„๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ๐™™๐™ค๐™œ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ข๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ.
We get visitors from all over the world. Even with Covid, since July weโ€™ve had visitors from Guatemala, from all over South America, from islands off Venezuela, from China, Japan, Germany, America, Hollandโ€ฆ you name it, weโ€™ve had visitors from there. Only recently, we had a group of tattoo artists from Iceland who were in Dublin for a tattoo convention!

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™†๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™›๐™›?
Go to football matches! My kids play a lot of football. Iโ€™ve four children, three sons and two of them are big into football. Theyโ€™ve played for Kildare in the minors, so weโ€™d be following that. Iโ€™d go to dog trials if I could find the time but usually I canโ€™t. Iโ€™m into trad music also, so if there was a session on, Iโ€™d be gone to that.

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™šโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™†๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™–๐™ง๐™š?
Ohhhhhhโ€ฆ my favourite place to eat out in Kildare? Crikey! Itโ€™s my definition of a success story โ€“ itโ€™s the Ballymore Inn. Itโ€™s a very famous restaurant thatโ€™s open probably 25 years. A lot of famous people have eaten there and itโ€™s just down the road from us so naturally it would be a place weโ€™ve eaten in a lot over the years. I like Fallonโ€™s in Kilcullen and Bardonโ€™s in Kilcullen is another good spot to get a bite to eat.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ?
What is my favourite song? Janey mac โ€“ now youโ€™re hitting me with a hard one. I probably donโ€™t have a favourite song. I like music in general so I donโ€™t really have a favourite song. If I had to choose one, Iโ€™d go for โ€˜Hereโ€™s A Health To The Companyโ€™. The Chieftans wouldโ€™ve sang it and The Clancy Brothers wouldโ€™ve sang it too. I can sing it for you if you want!

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š?
Janey, thereโ€™s another one! Iโ€™m not that sort of a man, you know? One that would be โ€˜favourite thisโ€™ and โ€˜favourite thatโ€™. I saw a movie recently that I thought was a good aulโ€™ movie โ€“ it was called Green Book. Itโ€™s a good. Itโ€™s a very good one. Itโ€™s about a black pianist in America and he had an Italian bodyguard driving him around back in the 1960s. The dynamics of it was very interesting. Now that youโ€™ve put me on the spot, I saw that recently and I thought that was a good film.

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