Lough Bishop House
Chris and Helen Kelly’s work at Lough Bishop House is one of the most significant acts of cultural conservation taking place in modern Ireland.
As agricultural and architectural curators, the Kellys have created the Derrynagarra herd of Moiles cattle, and their draught horses also carry the derrynagarra prefix. They have restored their house, recreating its elegant beauty. Best of all, they have fashioned a modern concept of country conservatism, where “everyone is a conservative about the things they love.” And Mr and Mrs Kelly love all the culture of the integrated, diverse, multi-tasking farm – the woodland, the pastures, the cattle – Moiles and Droimeanns, both of them amongst the sweetest animals on the planet – the draught horses, the produce, the cooking, the hospitality, the entire culture of agriculture. Lough Bishop is not just a farm: it is a philosophy, and a philosophy of living significance, a philosophy of living a better, integrated, respectful existence. It is a tonic for the soul like no other, and even the shortest stay here, to enjoy the farm along with this inspiring couple, will reset your focus about the art of living well.
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