Focus on the Irish heifer donors
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
Barney McDonnell, his wife Siobhan and children Christopher and Ciara, travelled from Mountnugent, Co Cavan, to Shelton Abbey to see their heifer before she flew on to her new home in Rwanda.
"On St Patrick's Day 1995, the wind caught a power cable and brought it down on the yard where my cows were standing," recalls Barney.
"I lost 24 out of 25 of my cows and nine of those were ready to calve.
"My insurance did not cover me and I had to borrow €40,000 to set myself up again with a dairy herd.
"I know what it is like to have nothing so when I heard about the families Bóthar helps, I offered to give a calf every year if they need it."
Coon West, Co Kilkenny, residents Sean and Teresa Haughney first got involved with Bóthar seven years ago when Wexford farmer John Fortune was rearing calves for the charity.
"We have given four or five calves in different years but this time we did it with our neighbour Seamus Cody, who was disappointed not to be able to come see his calf today," says Sean.
"It's lovely to see the animal before it goes to Africa, it's our first chance to see what she looks like."