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Saturday 24 February 2018

Sheep invade housing estate turning green areas into 'pigsty'

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

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.

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John Vardy, who has lived in the estate for the past 20 years, said the problem of sheep damaging the estate has been going on for years.

"This has been going on for years. The sheep mainly come in at night. There is a green area in the middle of the estate, which has 100 houses.

"If you don't have gates on the driveway, you can't sow flowers or keep pots of flowers as the sheep will eat them. The army has spent so much money on sheep grids and the sheep are still coming in to the estate.

"We need a fence or wall around the estate, not sheep grids, to keep the sheep out."

Joanne said she has called on the local council to liaise with the Department of Defence over the issue.

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