Farmhouse cheesemakers open their gates to public during April

Farmhouse cheesemakers are opening their doors and gates to the Irish public with a nationwide series of free open visits during April.

The series launches with a visit from noon to 1.30pm tomorrow, hosted by Padraig O’Farrell of the Carrigaline Farmhouse, The Rock, Carrigaline, Co Cork.

Visitors will meet two working generations of this family-run business.

All the cheeses from the Carrigaline Farmhouse are handmade.

The land on this farm is limestone which brings a unique flavour to the milk of this coastal farm.

The tour will include viewing of the cheese making process and facility as well as tasting of six different flavours of artisan cheese.

Eimear O’Donnell, Bord Bia’s consumer dairy sector manager, said: “The 50 farmhouse cheesemakers throughout the country who make the cheeses do so on their own farms; the cheese speaks of their land, their milk, their labour, their passion.

"We would encourage people to go out and sample as many as they can — what better way to do that than to meet the producers.”

The Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme is an EU co-funded campaign run by Bord Bia.

The visits are free, but places must be booked online at


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