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Forced to close down his piggery, this Kilkenny farmer turned to glamping to save his farm

After Ken Walsh was forced to close down his piggery, he set up a glamping site on his picturesque Co Kilkenny farm - and the key to his success has been targeting the right audience

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Branching out: Ken Walsh outside one of his pods at Brandon Hill Camping, Graigue-namanagh, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Patrick Browne

Branching out: Ken Walsh outside one of his pods at Brandon Hill Camping, Graigue-namanagh, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Patrick Browne

Ken in a pod with his children Cormac (5) and Elise (8)
Photo: Patrick Browne

Ken in a pod with his children Cormac (5) and Elise (8) Photo: Patrick Browne

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Branching out: Ken Walsh outside one of his pods at Brandon Hill Camping, Graigue-namanagh, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Patrick Browne

In 2008, Ken Walsh had little choice but to close down the piggery founded by his late father, Liam. The fundamentals underpinning the pig farm were no longer sustainable and, try as he might, there was no way to save the business that had been his family's bread and butter for nearly 50 years.

Though the piggery had to go, Ken was determined that the land would not go with it. He enrolled in a night course organised by Teagasc and, little by little, he began to build a new plan for his farm.

The answer was Brandon Hill Camping, a glamping and camping site which used all the natural advantages of his picturesque farm in Graiguenamanagh to their fullest.


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