Meet Paddy & Plunkett!

Paddy & Plunkett by CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
Regular visitors to the Beasties’ Facebook page will recognise these handsome characters from my St Patrick’s Day post! For everyone else, allow me to introduce Paddy…
Paddy Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
…and Plunkett!
Plunkett Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
Normally I let a Beastie’s adoptive parents choose their names, but my mum was quite taken with this pair when I brought them with me on a recent visit home. I left them sitting on the kitchen table while I went upstairs to fetch something, and by the time I came back down again, they had already been christened Paddy and Plunkett. And the names stuck, because they suit them perfectly. They’re also about as Irish as you can get, which is a good thing… because Paddy and Plunkett are about as Irish as Beasties get! They’re “Barróg Beasties” – a local subspecies of Beastie, grown from 100% Irish wool. They’re just as fond of humans as my other Beasties… in fact, “barróg” is the Irish word for “hug”, so you can be sure of a warm welcome if you come across one in their natural habitat!

Speaking of natural habitats, who better than these two to show you around some of the little-known corners of County Fermanagh?

Our tour begins in Tully Castle, an old fortified house whose Irish name means “castle on the hill”. Plunkett at Tully Castle - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford

It was abandoned after an unpleasant incident during the Irish Rebellion of 1641 – you can read the full story here – and is now a State Care Historic Monument with a rather impressive knot garden.
Paddy & Plunkett in the Knot Garden at Tully Castle - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
Next stop is Correl Nature Reserve, the perfect place for a pair of Beasties to relax in some nice soft moss!
Plunkett takes a weight off! CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather CrawfordPaddy checks out some moss - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather CrawfordOne of the biggest draws in Co. Fermanagh is the lakes. Upper and Lower Lough Erne link into the Shannon-Erne Waterway, which is part of a canal system that starts in the estuary of the River Shannon in south-west Ireland, runs through Co. Leitrim and Co. Cavan, before crossing the border into Northern Ireland. This makes the area incredibly popular for boating holidays… and Paddy and Plunkett couldn’t wait to join in the fun!
Paddy and Plunkett set sail - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford

Back on dry land, there was just enough time for one last stop before they headed for home – Fardross Forest, a short hop away in Co. Tyrone! Paddy went on ahead to open the gate…
Paddy at the gate - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
… Before tackling the stepping stones across the river!
Paddy at the River - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
Meanwhile, Plunkett took a stroll around the forest. He’s a more laid-back, long-walks-in-the-countryside kind of guy. Here he is posing with some pine cones he collected during his wanderings.
Plunkett's Pine Cones - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
Ah, Paddy’s back!
Paddy and Plunkett in Fardross Forest - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford
Looks like he managed to cross the river without falling in! And now it’s time for these two to start the journey home – hopefully there will be a nice mug of tea and a big dinner waiting for them when they get back!
Paddy and Plunkett head for home - CrawCrafts Beasties/Heather Crawford

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