Ailbhe Gerrard took the leap from construction to farming six years ago and hasn’t looked back since, writes Laura Roddy. Six years ago there was nothing here – I had just bought this. I still didn’t know what I was going to do with it,” Ailbhe Gerrard recalls of the start of her journey at Brookfield Farm in Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
The kitchen table we sit at will belong to the kitchen of the farmhouse, once Ailbhe has finished renovating. Just 18 months ago, she grew her 65-acre mixed farm to 75 acres, and purchased a house along with it, that sits perched on a hill overlooking Lough Derg.