Thomas Cosby: To the manor born

For ten months of the year, Cosby is a farmer in Stradbally, Co Laois. For the other two, he’s busy with Electric Picnic, the achingly hip music festival which takes place on his land at the end of every summer

27th August, 2017
Thomas Cosby at Stradbally Hall in Co Laois PIC: Dylan Vaughan

Down on the farm, I’m talking sheep with the most laidback landowner in Ireland – you can’t imagine Thomas Cosby ever turning a drama into a crisis. How much his equable temperament is due to the influence of his 650-strong flock is something that stressed-out city dwellers may care to ponder.

The breed is Lleyn (pronounced hleen) from the Lleyn Peninsula in north Wales, descendants of Roscommon ewes imported from Ireland...

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