Master shearers pass on their great skills

The expertly trained sheepdogs assisted in the gathering the sheep for the shearing course.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

IT’S an art form that is very difficult to perfect but, thanks to expert guidance, the great tradition of sheep shearing is being passed on through the generation.

Master shearer, PJ Lynch with Eoin O’Leary, Dromid

Shearing courses made a welcome return at the Top of Coom, on the Kerry-Cork border, over the bank holiday weekend and the events proved hugely successful with a big number of people interested in acquiring the age-old skill.

The course in full swing at the Top of Coom
Patrick Moriarty, Caherlehilan, Kells, was delighted to be taking part in the course

Hosted and organised by Tim and Eileen Creedon, owners of the highest pub in Ireland, the course covered all aspects of technique, handling and animal welfare, taught by master shearers, George Graham and PJ Lynch.

Sheep farmer and publican Tim Creedon gathered over 600 sheep to be shorn and the wool was bagged.

Typically each adult sheep is brought for shearing once each year.