A Tipperary family who diversified into forestry when their dairy herd was hit by TB in 2003 have been honoured for their contribution to both forestry and agri-tourism.
Minister of State Tom Hayes presented a specially commissioned, hand-crafted wooden wall clock to John and Breda Moran of Ballyboy House, Clogheen, Co Tipperary, on Friday at an event organised by Forestry Services Ltd.
Located at the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains, the Moran family ran a farm guesthouse alongside their dairy farm until they were hit by TB in 2003.
Following advice from Forestry Services Ltd, they diversified into farm forestry, planting 28ha of amenity species including sycamore, ash, birch, holly and walnut with walkways and ponds to complement their guesthouse.
The guesthouse now offers self-catering accommodation as well as tea rooms, forest walks, climbing, boating and fishing.