Killenure Dexter Gourmet is engaged with reviving the role nature plays within Irish society and ‘edible culture’. We represent a unique combination of a native Irish breed, a strong historical narrative of both breed and place, and traditional, artisanal methods at every stage of the Dexter beef process. Since 2007, as the custodians of Killenure Castle, we have built a sustainable, community-orientated business, to ensure the future survival of both the Castle, and the Dexter, for future generations.
Everything we do is based on the rich historical narrative of the Dexter and Killenure Castle, and we draw on nature; history; culture; and art for inspiration. We are honoured to play a part in the survival of this uniquely Irish ‘warrior’ breed of cattle.
Originally focused on producing ‘boutique dexter beef’, we are expanding our product range to reflect our passion for the breed and interest in sustainable conservation. Ranging from ‘boutique beef’ to handmade leather goods, we are proud to bring you artisan goods made with everything this Irish heritage breed can offer.
Whether as a bronze-caster in Dublin, or rearing cattle in Tipperary, Eavaun ‘the Sentimental Farmer’ Carmody devotes herself to each and every project that she undertakes. Inspired by her passion for art, culture, exploration, and storytelling, she has restored Killenure Castle to its former glory. In doing so, she has not only produced a space where her family can grow up, but also ensured the castle and house’s survival for future generations.
As the current inhabitant and ‘custodian’ of Killenure, Eavaun describes herself as ‘an ordinary woman in an extraordinary building’, and is determined to share the unique, untold story of the estate’s history with visitors. Her ability to restore; to protect; to nurture; is what attracted her to Killenure Castle, the Dexter breed and Dexter beef.
MEET THE DEXTER BEEF TEAM
Our team here at Killenure Dexter Beef Gourmet is drawn from all walks of life, and united by a passion for the Dexter breed. Headed by a professional bronze-caster turned ‘sentimental farmer’, the team acts as custodians not just for the Dexter herd and Dexter beef, but also for Killenure Castle.
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Eugene ‘The Seagull’ Maher has been at Killenure for over 30 years, and originally worked here alongside his father. He cares for everything, ‘from the Dexter Cattle to the slates on the roof, and everything in-between!’ He is an integral part of Killenure Dexter beef today, and through his dedication, commitment and attention to detail, the legacy of the Castle – and the Killenure Dexter herd – will continue to survive for generations to come.
Tim ‘Toddler’ Dwyer is a descendent of the great Chieftains who lived in Killenure back in 1560. Alongside his family name, he has brought back to the Castle his vision of developing Ireland’s first commercial dairy herd of Dexters. He has been working on a Dairy farm since he was seven-years-old. Through his love for the Dexter, and with his years of knowledge, his aim is to produce the finest Dexter milk and dairy products, to accompany the unique range of existing Dexter beef produce.
Francis ‘The Roseman’ Culligan, has been a Gardener and Cattle man for 45 years! He is a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable to us here at Killenure. He has worked on the 1000 acre Lakefield Estate since he was twelve-years-old. Since mentoring the Killenure team he has acted as a guide, helping and advising us along our journey. He always has a smile for you and is fantastically positive. His enthusiasm for our vision has been hugely appreciated.
Keavy ‘The Writer-in-Residence’ is the newest addition to our team at Killenure. A Masters Graduate with degrees in English and Film Studies, Keavy is ideally suited to contribute to the representation of Killenure’s long and fascinating history. Expanding on her experience as an award-winning university journalist, Keavy’s creative and artistic contribution has opened a new chapter in the story of Killenure and the Dexter.