Meet the dairy farmers just eight miles from O'Connell Street
Eight miles from O'Connell Street, the Dowling family are producing champion pedigree cows on a farm that once hosted the Ploughing Championships
Running an elite pedigree cow enterprise beside one of the biggest conurbations in Dublin requires a brave heart, but for Cyril Dowling the motorways, factories and multiplying housing estates surrounding his farm in Clondalkin hold no fears.
The 73-year-old, who has won six Diageo Bailey Cow championships and was a regular winner at the old RDS Spring Show, has been breeding his Canadian Holstein stock in the west Dublin suburb for years now and has no intention of stopping any time soon.
Cyril took over the family farm - "80 acres and another 50 around the place" between Newlands Cross and the Baldonnel aerodrome in the early 1980s.
The Dowling farm had been run as a tillage and mixed livestock enterprise by generations of the family. The farm had even hosted the National Ploughing Championships
"That was in 1933 when my grandfather was very friendly with all the Ploughing people - people like JJ Bergin - and I even remember Anna May McHugh coming to the farm in Clondalkin when I was a kid," recalls Cyril.
"She was a bigger kid - a bit like a bigger sister. I am reading her new book… a wonderful woman."
When Cyril took over the farm Clondalkin was still regarded a remote Co Dublin village surrounded by farmers producing milk for the old Dublin District Milk board.
"Back then Clondalkin was still a just village and our farm was surrounded by big breeders like the Bewleys, who were famous for their Jersey cows, and Sir John Galvin, who ran a big operation over in the Corcagh Park part of Clondalkin.