Friendly goats wanted for milking at Spink Hill
A bunch of nanny goats are set to ensure a prosperous harvest comes to the midlands this spring.
As part of the revival of Imbolc - a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring - a group of friendly goats will be milked on the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
The ancient custom was brought back to life by the Slieve Bloom Association five years ago and organisers are calling on farmers to get in touch if they own a social goat that would like to take part.
"In our part of the country the custom associated with Imbolc was celebrated by the milking of a goat, in other parts of the country they light fires on hills," said organiser Barry Keegan.
"It used to be just one goat, crowned the nanny goat, but this year we have a call out looking for up to five milky nanny goats that are sociable and happy around people," he said.
The goats will be milked on the mountains iconic "Bracket Stones" - a rock formation left behind from glaciers.
"The goats will be milked there and it's supposed to bring a good omen and prosperity for the harvest to come," said Barry.
Organisers say the idea behind restoring the tradition, which is one of the four Celtic seasonal festivals, was about bringing local rural communities in the heartlands together.