Sheep invade housing estate turning green areas into 'pigsty'
Residents in a Kildare housing estate say they are being 'invaded' by a large flock of sheep
Residents of a Kildare housing estate say the estate is becoming overrun with sheep from the Curragh commonage.
Local Councillor Joanne Pender says that Orchard Park, which is home to 100 houses, is being overrun by sheep that are damaging all the greens and turning them into a pigsty.
"Local farmers are putting sheep feeders under the trees beside the estate, so hundreds of sheep turn up and are turning the ground into muck and a pigstye.
"It's a long standing tradition that sheep can graze on the Curragh, she said, but the lack of fencing means there is no way to keep them on the Curragh. "
Normally farmers only let them out to graze on the grace, but there are now five or six sheep feeders near the estate – some farmers are treating the Curragh land like its their own farm."
Joanne Pender, a local councillor has called on farmers to moave the feeders to help prevent the sheep wandering in and out of the estate.
The Independent councillor asked Kildare Newbridge Municipal District meeting if the council could liaise with the Department of Defence and local farmers about the issue.