How A Northern Irish Couple Ended Up Farming Alpacas In West Clare

The family flying the nest can often leave parents wondering what to do next.

For Billy and Valerie Leonard, it was simple – they decided to up sticks from their home in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, and fulfill a long held ambition to move to the west coast.

Fast forward a couple of years and they’re farming alpacas in Kilfearagh, near Kilkee.


While Billy looks after the growing herd, Valerie hand spins the yarn from their wool.

Listen to their fascinating story below:

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