With the fishing boats anchored safely off the island, we climbed into the smaller Currachs and headed to the rocky shoreline of Caher. We climbed from the Currach onto the rocks and navigated over a rocky outcrop onto the island proper.
Once on the island, everyone spread out in search of the sheep. The dogs worked extra hard as the sheep were pretty wild, had minds of their own and were deciding for themselves where they would like to go and not be pushed around by a dog. It’s always a great pleasure to see working dogs in action, a firm but gentle approach but always moving forward to their desired goal.
The sheep were rounded up and herded onto one of the points on the island where they would be driven onto the rocks to the waiting Curraghs. They were then individually man handled and loaded into the Currach and taken out to the large fishing boats that were anchored just offshore. This was quite a feat! The sheep were unsure and didn’t want any of it. The dogs and men kept them calm and physically loaded them one by one onto the Currach.
The Currach, loaded to the gills, and several trips back and forth to the fishing boats with the sheep soon had the job in hand accomplished. No mishaps, no injuries and a lot of sweat.. a job well done.
With the fishing boats now loaded, we all head back to Inishturk. Water, biscuits and cake were handed around and the stories of happenings, close calls and the wind down of the excitement took over.
We entered the harbour on Inishturk. The sheep were unloaded onto the pier and then driven through the village to a holding area. Here the individual sheep owners separated out their own sheep identified by the colour painted onto the sheep’s back, and drove them home.