Wild Goat (Gabhar Fia) -- :
or feral goat is closely related to the sheep. There are not many
goats around Tramore.
goat’s coat is usually
black and white and sometimes brown and black.
The male goats are usually called rams. Goats were of
great value to small Irish farmer in the last
Century and as late as 1926, there is on record that 241,247 goats were
exported from Ireland to England. As this trade died away, some animals were
released and became feral or wild.
World War 2, the numbers of goats fell, as their meat was sold to England.
The goat lives in mountain areas but in many parts of the world people keep
goats as domestic animals, like cats or dogs. They supply milk and meat and
skins. The goat’s milk is very good for you. Some people have to use
goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk, because they have an allergy to
cow’s milk. It is not very easy to get goats milk, as you cannot buy it in
most shops. It is now available in our local supermarket. I have never
tasted it but I would say that it is not nice. Their milk is also turned
into cheese, as well. I have never tasted goat’s cheese.
skin is often used to make a special type of instrument (like a small drum
turned sideways), called a bodhrán, which is held in the hand and played
with a piece of bone or the back of your hand.
can live very happily on small amounts of food. A male goat is called a
Billy goat, a female is called a nanny goat and a baby goat is called a kid.
There are many such herds of wild goats all over Ireland. There are usually
thirty or forty in each herd. Irish goats are usually black, white or both.
You can tell what age a Billy goat is by counting the rings on his horns.
They usually live about twelve to fifteen years and in this time his horns
can grow to nearly forty inches long, which is nearly 100 cm.
female or nanny has short pointy horns, which only grow a small bit every
year. The young goats are born in February or March. In Kerry every year
they have a special festival to honour the goat. It is called “Puck
Fair”. It is held in a town called Killorglin. A week before the festival
starts, young men from the village go up the nearby mountains and search for
the biggest goat they can find. He is then captured and paraded through the
town on the back of a lorry.
you go to Passage East, which is a small fishing village near Tramore, you
can see all the goats on the cliffs over looking the village. I often go to
visit my aunt there, and we go to look at the goats.