Goats running amok in Limerick cross Clare border before being sent to Cork

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

The goats had been spotted running free, grazing in gardens and perching on walls in New Road, Thomondgate,  O’Dwyer’s Villas and in Kileely.

The goats had been spotted running free, grazing in gardens and perching on walls in New Road, Thomondgate, O’Dwyer’s Villas and in Kileely.

IT APPEARS the same herd of goats that were making a nuisance of themselves in Thomondgate in Limerick crossed the Clare border and started wreaking havoc in Ardnacrusha, a county councillor has claimed. 

The goats had been spotted running free, grazing in gardens and perching on walls in New Road, Thomondgate,  O’Dwyer’s Villas and in Kileely

The goats were said to be relatively placid but local residents had concerns over health and safety, as well as being concerned for the herd’s welfare

There was also reports of lawns and shrubbery being damaged by the goats, as well as minor damage to cars. 

And after the farm animals performed a vanishing act and were not to be seen, they were subsequently spotted grazing in people’s front gardens in Ardnacrusha. 

In a video update on social media, Cllr Cathal Crowe said: “They have been running feral and running riot through the locality; climbing up wheelie bins, scaling walls, eating hedging, taking naps on people’s doorsteps. So really just pestering the community.”

He said in the May 2 post that the goats were posing a safety risk to children in the area, and the goats were at risk of passing vehicles. 

He said that both Clare County Council and the Department of Agriculture said the loose goats didn’t come within their remit. 

He said that the County Council subsequently, through a local, rounded up the goats to be rehomed in Cork. 

He said: “This is the outcome of people who don’t give a damn about animals.”

Cllr Crowe thanked all the agencies to whom he contacted during the saga.