Gang steal costly equipment from community eco farm

Some of the traditional equipment stolen from Cloughjordan Community Farm.

Members of a community-owned farm are “gutted” after a gang stole some €8,000 worth of farming equipment.

The theft at Cloughjordan Community Farm, near the Tipperary/Offaly border, took place overnight on Wednesday.

Gardaí are trying to trace the gang behind the theft and are urging people in the farming and horse trades to be on the lookout for the items.

They include a welder generator worth around €3,750 and Amish-made specialist harness and collars, worth around €1,800.

The thieves also took a car trailer, a chainsaw, two saddles, two bridles, and trace ropes.

On their Facebook page, the community farm posted: “Last night, €8000 worth of our farm equipment was stolen. Mostly horse equipment, also a trailer and a welder generator. We are gutted — we didn’t have much kit to begin with and now we are down much of what we had.”

A Garda spokesman confirmed that they were investigating the thefts at the Eco Village.

The farm, founded in August 2008, is split over two sites: a 28-acre ‘Upper Farm’ about 1km outside Cloughjordan, and a 12-acre ‘Lower Farm’ on the Eco Village land in the village itself.

The Garda spokesman said the theft took place sometime between 9pm last Wednesday and 8.30am on Thursday.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area at that time to contact us and we would ask people in the trade to keep an eye out for the items,” he said.

The full description of the items are:

  • Chainsaw (features break/crack to the casing of the suspension on the left);
  • Welder/generator (worth €3,750);
  • Two saddles (Bernie saddle to fit 15-16 hand heavy horse; smaller saddle for 12-13 hand horse);
  • Two bridles and trace ropes;
  • Full working harness and collars (all Amish made, made from webbing; stainless steel fittings for the parts. Worth €1,800);
  • Car trailer (neighbour and farm members) with high sides (and a Morris Minor axle and hubs).

Locals suspect that, given the rural location, the gang may have spent some time previously, perhaps at night, checking out the place and identifying where valuable equipment was kept.

The farm, though isolated, is only around 10km from the M7 motorway.

The community said it would conduct a “crowd fund very soon”.

They also intend to dedicate their Irish Working Horse Association event on October 11 to recoup some of the losses.

The event is open to the public and upwards of seven pairs of working horses will feature.



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