Main content

Cattle Blessing in the Burren

On Ireland's west coast the cattle are blessed as they are moved to winter pasture. Ella McSweeney travels to the Burren to witness the event.

In most places cattle are bought down from the mountains for the winter. In The Burren, in the west of Ireland, they do it the opposite way round, taking the cows up to the high limestone hills for 'winterage'. Ella McSweeney finds out why on a traditional cattle drive, and she learns how this unique way of farming enables a unique array of wild flowers to bloom in the spring.

Producer: Sarah Swadling.

Available now

22 minutes