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Learn about the Irish agricultural industry

January 11, 2011 - 2:29am
Farming in Ireland.
Travelers who are heading to Ireland on vacation may want to explore the local culture. A great way to learn about the country, as well as its history, is to take a deeper look at its farming industry, which was once a major contributor to the nation's economy.

Ireland's agriculture used to be one of the main sources of income and while its economy is shifting to an engineering focus, it still remains a large part of the country's background and customs.

A great place to begin learning about the local farming industry is the Irish Agricultural Museum in Wexford, where visitors can see exhibitions that illustrate how technology has advanced throughout the years, from carts and ploughs to sophisticated tractor systems.

In Kenmare, tourists are able to visit the Kissane Sheep Farm, a 150-year old farm that is home to more than hundreds of sheep and lamb. The owners opened the property to the public in 2005 to help educate people about sheep farming through sheepdog and shearing demonstrations, mountain walks and nature trails. Children are able to bottle feed the animals, as well.

Another place to check out is the Enniskillen Livestock Mart in County Fermanagh, where tourists can become informed about general mart commerce.