Raising sheep in Ireland is a popular concept and all of the wool that we use here at John Hanly & Co is locally sourced from the country. Ireland has a long history of farming sheep for this purpose as the vast mountainous landscapes that the country boasts are perfect for doing so. With so much space for sheep to graze, farmers are able to keep large numbers of the animals. Having said that, Irish sheep are more commonly used for meat than they are for wool.
Even though there are large numbers of sheep in the country, the majority of these breeds are not native to Ireland. Continue reading