Lucky Louis’ the Lambay lamb lifted to safety

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

The Howth Coast Guard responded to a novel plea for help at the weekend – to rescue a young lamb trapped on a cliff off Lambay Island.

A kindly fisherman out on his boat heard the distressed cries of the young lamb and spotted it on a cliff ledge nearby.

Happily, a coast guard crew from Howth were out on a training exercise in the area when the call came in, and they quickly came to the lamb’s rescue.

Dubbed ‘Lucky Louis’, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard said the lamb would not have survived that evening when the tide came in, so it was certainly a fortuitous afternoon for woolly Louis, who initially ran back into a cave when it saw the rescue crew approaching.

However, it was easy for crew members to get to the creature and return him to Babylon Guest House and farm on Lambay Island.

Howth Coast Guard

“The little chap had no life-threatening injuries, just a bit rattled by the attention and a few minor scrapes; no doubt, it was glad to finally return to firm ground on Lambay Island, and was tired after its adventure!”

The farm on Lambay has been run by members of the Baring family since they bought the island in 1904. In more recent years, the Lambay black face sheep have been replaced with a Welsh Lleyn breed, renowned for their delicious meat.

Louis and his flock share the land with resident deer and wallabies – yes, wallabies (kangaroos), along with rabbits and seabirds. 

All stock enjoy a free range life, eating the fresh sea-salt grass and natural meadow vegetation across the island, along with hens who provide fresh eggs for guests.

With a strict all waste must be recycled policy;  wine turbines were installed on Lambay in the 1980’s, along with solar panels since before the equipment was updated in 2016 for a far more efficient system which now powers the castle hot water and heating, as well as the entire island’s electricity.

However, the current system has a limit on how much energy it can store so there is still a limited dependency on oil burners and coal to heat some of the shoreline buildings.


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