Be Irish for a Day and Experience Life on a REAL Working Farm – it can be a lot of fun!

If you have a group who want to experience traditional ways on a real West of Ireland Working Farm, then you have come to the right place.   We have several tours listed below and if you do not see what you want there, please contact us and we will tailor one to your needs.  Please note all times and itinerary can be interchanged to suit your requirement.    PLEASE NOTE this page is for Tour Operators/Large Group Organisers etc and does not apply to individuals/families.

TOUR  1

BE IRISH FOR A DAY

  A sample itinerary is as follows:-

10.00 am       An Irish Wake scene

This takes place in the old farmhouse kitchen where Farmer Matt brings the group to assemble around the late Jack O Malley, originally from Aughagower in Co. Mayo but working on the farm for the last 80 years and who unfortunately died suddenly after the milking earlier that morning at the young age of 105.  He is laid out on the Iron bed with the lace cover, the candles lit around him and each visitor is given a shot of Paddy to drink to his health and send him on his way.    A surprise happens, which gives everyone a good fright and it is very funny and sets the tone for the rest of the tour.

 

10.15              Bake Irish Brown Soda Bread or Scones

The group move into the kitchen where they get their aprons and they form pairs, each pair making the perfect loaf of brown wholemeal bread under the careful guidance of the farmers wife, Eileen.  They put their name on their bread and it will be baked and ready for them to bring with them  at the end of the trip.

 

11.00              Optional break for Tea and Large Scone

 

11.30              Dance the Siege of Ennis

The group proceed  to the dancing room where they learn a bit of Irish dancing to some lively ceili music and great craic is had by all and learn how to play a little of an irish musical instrument.

 

12pm              Tullyboy Express Tractor Trailer

Ride down the Farm to feed the Connemara pony herd mares and foals that are bred on the farm.  Connemara ponies are award winning animals and Farmer Matt will give a little talk on them on the trailer.  Also see Highland Cattle and other rare breeds and sheep.  There is an option for younger travellers to go bog jumping, but it is messy and will require a change of clothes and not suitable for all groups.

 

12.30pm        Light Lunch  (Optional)

We can provide a quick lunch of say Fish and Chips or Chicken and Chips/tea/coffee

 

Cost of Tour 1 per person:   €20pp to include large scone/butter/jam Tea or Coffee

€25pp with light lunch similar to above

Minimum numbers apply at this rate

 

 

Tour 2

Come Bye DOG TRIALING

(One Man and his Dog)

 

This is aimed at coach tours of all ages, possibly animal lovers and perhaps older Clientele as it does not require any great exertion

Duration:  approximately 1.5 – 2  hours.

 

A sample itinerary is as follows:-

 

 

1.30pm          Light Lunch on Arrival  (Optional)

 

2.30pm          Dog Trialing

 

Watch the shepherds at work and observe the skills of a professional sheep dog handler giving the dogs commands and getting them to herd the sheep through the gates to the designated area.  Spectators will observe all from the shelter of a seated area under the  big tree with a clear view of all the work going on in the long field in front of them, hearing the various dog whistles and seeing the intelligence of the dogs at work and the commands being followed.   Followed by a question and answer session with the farmer.

 

2.45pm           Optional Break for Tea/Coffee and Large Scone

 

 

3.15pm          The Big Barn

 

Inside to the big barn where everyone gets hands on with the animals from hand feeding the Deer, owls, pigs, goats, Alpacas, cuddling the smaller animals and maybe putting a hen or a lizard on your head. There is  a chance to milk a real cow or a pretend one if you prefer.  Also depending on the season, you can bottle feed baby pet lambs and be shown how a sheep is sheared.

 

4pm                Finish

 

 

Cost of Tour 2 per person:      €15pp incl. large scone/butter/jam Tea/Coffee

                                   €20pp with light lunch as per Tour 1

 

 

 

Tour 3

 

 

FARM VISIT

 

 

Suitable for young and old, enjoy a lively tour with Farmer Matt and a good laugh along the way.

Duration of the tour can be adapted to your needs  and can be with or without lunch or a snack

 

Duration of Tour Only:  1.5 hours ( 30 – 45 mins for food)

 

A sample tour is as follows:-

 

2.45pm          Old Famine Kitchen and Small Farm Tools Museum

 

The story of the inglenook fireplace and the settlebed where a stranger  lay is head for the night and the good dresser to display the best china, not to mention the ‘ensuite’ commode!  Life was very different and this serves to remind us of an Ireland that is no more.  Then we go into the little museum and see the famine pot that was used in our local village, together with the coopers tools used to make the oak Guinness barrels  and all the turf cutting implements, butter churns etc.

 

3.15pm          The Big Barn

 

Inside to the big barn where everyone gets hands on with the animals from, Deer, owls, pigs,  goats, put a chicken or even a Lizard on your head, hand feed the Alpacas  etc. There is a chance to milk a real cow or a pretend one if you prefer.  Also depending on the season, you can bottle feed baby lambs and be shown how to shear a sheep.

 

 

4.00pm          Tullyboy Express

 

Take a trip down the Farm on the tractor trailer ride to feed the Connemara pony herd and watch Farmer Matt with the Highland Cattle and see the sheep flock.   Take in the Arigna Mountains, Sliabh on Iarann mountains and the Curlieu mountains all within clear view on a good day.

 

 

Cost of Tour 3 per person:             €10pp for tour

    €12.50 Tour plus tea/coffee, large scone etc.

                                                        €17.50pp Tour with light lunch as per Tour 1

 

 

 

 

Tour 4

 

Be a Farmer for a Day

 

This is aimed at young energetic groups minimum group size is 10.  It is also very suited to the Corporate market.  Events take place over a half day 10am – 2pm or 1pm to 5pm (4 hours) filled with challenges and team building exercises.  A sample of these is as follows:

 

 

 

  • Each team has to organise and coordinate in order to Herd the sheep into the gated pen – timed – without a dog!

 

  • Milk a cow, timed to see who is first to get enough for tea

 

  • Make the longest sugan rope

 

  • Shear a sheep – accuracy wins

 

  • Foot turf race

 

 

Tea break and lunch included and

Option to purchase colour coded team tee shirts at extra cost.

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Tour 4 pp             €35 pp

Lunch and Tea/Coffee/Scone break incl.     

In price

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 5

 

 

Hotel Direct

 

This Tour is aimed at groups who are having a fleeting visit to the area and possibly short of time.  It is probably suited to American or European tourists who want to sample a little of our Irish Culture.

 

We can bring a little of Tullyboy Farm to your hotel grounds.  For Example:

We can do a demonstration and talk on sheep shearing.

 

We can get them to foot turf and bring a sod home as a souvenir.

 

They can make a sugan hay rope and keep it as a souvenir.

 

 

 


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Testimonials

Had a fun time with all the lovely animals my favorite was the little hens but I also liked the ducks, they where funny as they walked around in a big group making quaking noises as they walked
Had a great time, i really loved the little lambs. We went to see the baby cows and they were having there lunch.Farmer Matt let us help feed them there milk and we then helped put clean straw in the barn so they could go to sleep.



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