Located in the picturesque County Waterford countryside on the banks of the River Dawn, Cullenagh Farm provides year round social farming. We are on the Waterford Greenway in the Suir Valley area of Kilmeaden.
With a focus on greencare and biodiversity, weekly programmes include care of the horses and ponies, exploring the trails and paths, fishing and foraging and preparing food together.
Placements generally span twelve weeks (usually a day a week from 10am to 3pm). Some placements are longer or shorter than this, as it depends greatly upon the needs of the participant and what their hopes and goals are.
Social farming promotes social inclusion and working together for the wellbeing of the individual and of society. We welcome participants from all walks of life. Participation encourages confidence building and the acquisition of new skills, while overcoming emotional or physical obstacles that may have held a person back from becoming an active participant in their own life story. At the heart of the placement is a belief in each individual’s ability to accomplish their goals. Nature can be our greatest guide on this journey.
Cullenagh Farm is a member of Social Farming Ireland and all social farming referrals are processed by Waterford LEADER Partnership. Groups and individuals are facilitated. We receive referrals directly from individuals as well as from service providers.
Two American style barns overlook a floodlit arena, and the farm's year round turnout paddocks stretch down to the River Dawn. Riverside and woodland farm trails fringe Cullenagh's historic landmarks.
Cullenagh Farm provides both long and short-term livery.
Individual tack rooms and paddocks are provided as well as a parking bay for boxes. Customers can store their hay, straw and shavings in the barns.
For further information, please contact Evie through the form below or by phone at 083 8770992
I am BHS qualified and a licensed health care professional with over ten year’s experience working in both community and hospital settings. I have integrated my training in the field of social work and creative arts therapies into farm and equine supported learning.
In recent years, I have written about the value of life story work and art therapy in the promotion of wellness and have blended research and experiences into the development of social farming at Cullenagh.
The concept of ecotherapy and greencare stems from the belief that people are part of the web of life and that our psyches are not isolated or separate from our environment, which provides us with great opportunity to explore our relationship with nature and with ourselves.
Using nature based therapies, nature's beneficial effects are not only gained from what is seen but also from what is experienced through the senses.
Evie Hartel Connolly
The farm and stables at Cullenagh developed around a milling industry dating back to the 17th century, which, through the ages, played a significant role in the region's history. The landmarks once associated with the production of paper, corn and wool have been integrated into woodland and riverside trails.
Steam trains once had a stopping point on the Old Quarry Trail, which follows the faintly visible remains of an earlier steel, mill whose arches and tunnel are neatly woven into the surrounding farmland. The railway line once linked Fishguard Port to Lismore, County Waterford. Riding trails now follow paths over and under its old stone bridges.
The carefully preserved remains of Fairbrook Mill fringe part of today's equestrian trail, which follows paths alongside the historic Mill Street Houses and old chimney before cutting through arable land, woodland and alongside the ancient spa at Gortnaclode.
Milly at Cullenagh Stables
Donna Sisler (West Virginia)
I recently visited Cullenagh Stables and I can tell you that the owners are not only qualified to provide social farming and therapeutic riding, they're also dedicated and caring. The location is beautiful and peaceful. It’s the package deal. I encourage you to pay them a visit. You won’t be disappointed.
Tanya Power (County Waterford)
My daughter and I have frequently been to Cullenagh Stables. Each time has been a delight. The facilities are excellent and you can always be sure of a warm welcome. We've been along the track, the scenery is beautiful. So much nature and fresh air, yet so close to the city. A real gem!
Sharon Frye (Oklahoma)
The owners of Cullenagh Stables are a passionate and caring team. I've had the great opportunity to watch them provide visitors with authentic concern and hospitality. The stunning location and grounds are in top-notch condition, contributing to a wonderful experience but the staff make the utmost difference.