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Glencairn nun joins the ‘Grass Gals’

The farm manager at Glencairn Abbey in Co. Waterford has joined an all-female silage crew who will make a Guinness world record attempt in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sr Lily Scullion, from St Mary’s Cisterican Abbey will mow, rake, draw and pit 30 acres of silage with 40 other women at Mount Melleray on August 19. 

Sr Lily, who was raised on a farm in Co. Antrim and studied horticulture, manages 200 acres at Glencairn Abbey. “We keep B&B cattle, 50 suckler cows and calves,” she told The Irish Farmers Journal. “We’ve got 23 ewes, 39 lambs and 11 hoggets at the moment. We also have some ground in tillage – winter wheat and beans.

“There is 40 acres in natural woodland and we planted 26 acres of miscanthus which we grow to heat the abbey. We put in a biomass boiler in October 2015. There is fantastic heat from it.”