Bringing an old cow house back to life was the case for Eamonn Keane - a north Kilkenny native - when his granddaughter Aoife Keane asked could she host her 18th birthday on the farm, incorporating a farm/country-themed party.
With a number of options discussed, they both decided the old cow house would be the ideal option; however, the journey from converting the old stone-walled building into a party house wasn’t going to be an easy task.
The Keane family moved into the north Kilkenny farm in the mid-90s where the cow house was originally called Damerstown Dairies; milk was supplied to local residents and towns.
“Back in the very early days, a horse and cart left the farmyard every morning with a milk churn delivering milk to the neighbours,” explained Eamonn Keane.
A short time before the big date, the demolition work began removing the existing middle walls and cow ties, knocking part of the back wall to create more space.
“We then poured the new concrete floor with help from all the family and whitewashed the old stone walls,” told Eamonn to That’s Farming.
In keeping with the old style, the original cow chins and hooks were saved and doors were assembled to look like the aged wooden doors.
With a farm/country-themed 18th, the partygoers arrived excited by a rodeo bull, DJ playing all the old tunes, straw bales, bunting, and fireworks.
Eamonn was delighted the hard work paid off; “it was a super night every youngster seemed to have really enjoyed themselves” he added.
When asked about future plans for the cow house, Eamonn concluded he hopes he can host many more family events.
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