Ours To Protect with John Morley (EP 26)

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Ours to Protect is a unique and exciting audio project – a collaboration of local and regional broadcasters from across the country who have come together to tackle climate change, champion climate action, and inform and educate audiences all over Ireland about how they can make a difference.

Today on ‘Ours To Protect’ John Morley talks to Blátnaid Gallagher, co-founder of the Galway Wool Co-op, about the environmental benefits of using indigenous Irish wool.

Did you know…

  • The use of indigenous Irish wool brings remarkable environmental benefits!
  • Galway Sheep, Ireland’s only recognized indigenous breed, thrive in their natural environment. They graze on local grasses, requiring minimal intervention and contributing to a more sustainable farming system.
  • Wool is a natural and biodegradable fibre. When disposed of, it decomposes naturally, enriching the soil with nutrients.

Why is it important to use indigenous Irish wool?

  • Preservation of Heritage: Indigenous sheep breeds, like the Galway Sheep, are a part of Ireland’s agricultural heritage. Supporting these breeds helps preserve traditional farming practices, maintaining a connection to the country’s cultural and historical roots.
  • Biodiversity Conservation: Indigenous breeds are often well-adapted to local climates and ecosystems. By using wool from these breeds, we contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. It helps maintain a balance in the local flora and fauna, promoting a more sustainable and resilient environment.
  • Economic Support for Local Communities: Choosing indigenous Irish wool supports local farmers and the rural economy. It provides economic stability to rural communities, helping to sustain livelihoods and preserve the social fabric of these areas.

What can I do to help support the use of indigenous Irish wool?

  • Choose Products Made from Irish Wool: When shopping for clothing, blankets, or other woollen products, actively seek out items made from indigenous Irish wool. Look for labels or information specifying the use of Irish wool.
  • Patronize Local Artisans and Brands: Support local artisans, designers, and brands that prioritize using indigenous Irish wool in their products. This not only boosts the local economy but also encourages sustainable and traditional practices.
  • Attend Local Wool and Craft Events: Participate in or attend events that celebrate Irish wool, such as wool festivals, craft fairs, or agricultural shows.

Here’s a few websites if you want to know more!

Irish Fibre Crafters: irishfibreartists.com – This site celebrates Irish fiber artists and provides information on various types of Irish wool, including that from indigenous breeds.

Irish Woolen Mills: irishwoolenmills.com – A platform that showcases and sells Irish-made wool products, providing insights into the use of native Irish wool.

Wool Marketing Board of Ireland: woolireland.ie – This site provides information about Irish wool, including its production, quality, and the importance of supporting local wool.


For more info go over to galwaybayfm.ie, click on Our to Protect image on home page. You could try out the  ‘Ecological Footprint’ calculator and you can take a quick survey.

‘Ours To Protect’ brought to you by Galway Bay fm, the IBI and funded by Coimisiún na Meán with the television licence fee – check out ‘ours to protect.ie for more info.

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