THE ‘Magnificent Moilies’ is a common catchphrase used to describe Irish Moileds but nothing could be more magnificent than where a very special herd of Irish Moileds live – Killua Castle in the heart of Ireland in Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath, described as one of the most romantic demesnes in Ireland.
This former home of Lawrence of Arabia lay in ruins for over 60 years before being restored and brought back to life. The castle is surrounded by beautiful green landscape which rises and falls like waves as far as the eye can see and is now home to rare breeds such as the Irish Moileds, Jacob sheep, old Irish Goats and parkland deer, as well as chickens, all reared in a nature inclusive manner.
Killua Castle is currently owned by the Sangines-Krause family who have gone to great lengths to restore the castle to its former glory by piecing together its history to make it as authentic as possible.
Having purchased several females in the online Magnificent Moilie Sale through auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington, Anthony Gilsenan, farm manager at Killua Castle, also purchased one the best stock bulls he could buy, Ravelglen Rocky, privately from Brian O’Kane. This was the start of the Killua herd of Irish Moileds.
In September Killua Castle will be opening the Twelve Points restaurant named after their signature stag with dishes featuring their own rare and native breeds such as Irish Moiled beef, lamb, venison, free range chickens and eggs.
Their animals are sustainably raised on grass pastures. They also will be using local fresh produce in their restaurant. Visitors to the open day will get a preview of this very exciting new venture.
Killua Castle has already opened its doors to visitors for guided tours of the Castle and on Saturday September 3 they have very kindly opened their doors to welcome Irish Moiled breeders, particularly those interested who are presently setting the trend of selling meat boxes. There will be a tour of their state-of-the-art processing plant at 11am in which you will be guided through the whole process including dry aging. From 1pm onwards the beautiful herd of Irish Moileds at Killua Castle will be on view in the surrounding castle grounds.
There will be an artisan street food van selling Irish Moiled burgers and refreshments.
If you would like to be part of the Irish Moiled breeders’ day at Killua Castle booking is required as it is a first come first served basis.
Please contact Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to make a weekend of it and require names of local accommodation or to book your place.
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