The Irish in America

DAY 19: Cows


Cows at Castleview House, County Laois

Cows at Castleview House, County Laois

I love Irish cows. They are all over the Irish countryside – peeking over stone walls, lounging in pastures, and sharing the road with you as they are being moved from one field to another.

More cows at Castletown House

More cows at Castleview House

Our cousin Jimmy has cows. I guess technically he has cattle, but they are all cows to me…

I don't get too attached to Jimmy's cows...

I don’t get too attached to Jimmy’s cows.

When Regan and I were in Ireland in 1995, we fell in love with Irish butter and decided that it was so tasty because the cows were so big. We may have come to that conclusion over a few pints of yesterday’s favorite, but it made perfect sense to us. When I returned to Saint Paul, Minnesota after those three weeks in Ireland, I realized I never saw cows at home, so how did I know if Irish cows were any larger than American cows? Our theory had a few holes…


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

3 thoughts on “DAY 19: Cows

  1. I’m humored! Was not aware there were ‘big’ cows in Ireland, as we raise Irish Dexter Cattle here at our place, in East Tennessee. The tallest would be almost 44″ at the shoulder. Our Herd Sire is around 41″ tall, at the age of almost 15 months! The little Chondrodysplasia Carrier Bull is only around 31″ tall, at the age of almost 13 months!

  2. We saw a wonderful play a few weeks ago, at Yale Repertory Theatre, called “Stones in His Pockets.” The story was this: Some Hollywood producers are making a film in a small Irish village. The play is utterly hilarious, with (of course) a dark undertone. Most important, cows were main characters! I’d really recommend this play.

    • That sounds right up my alley…I will look for it here in the Twin Cities!

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