Cavan native Brónagh O’Rourke – who is a finalist in this year’s Corrib Oil Women in Farming Awards – worked in sales before becoming a farmer.
Brónagh resides in the heart of the Burren, in Tubber, Co. Clare, with her husband and three daughters. “When I saw the land and farm where Cathal was, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to come and live here.” she explained.
She became more involved in the farm and as time progressed, she began seeking farm diversification opportunities for their 500-acre farm which spans five generations.
“Because of the number of tourists visiting the Cliffs of Moher and looking at the Burren National Park itself, I decided that the tourist route would be a positive way to go.”
Brónagh completed a tourism course and, along with her husband, opened the gates of family farm to the public.
“What we are doing here shouts out to people that you can be involved in farming, you don’t have to milk the cows or do the silage, there are loads of other things.” she explained.
Women in Agriculture
She believes that eco-tourism industry is only in its infancy and “women have to take a role in that”.
“I have three little girls and I want them to see that I am able to have a positive impact on what we do and hopefully, they will become involved in the business as well.”
“I go to bed every night and I wake up every morning with a new plan.”
Plans for the future include transforming a derelict house into tearooms; Brónagh also views glamping as an “area of considerable growth at the moment”.
“When I get my teeth into something, it may seem very hard and, in the future, but actually ends up happening quicker than we thought.”
“This year was all about getting the message out about Burren Farm and we have done that.” she concluded.
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