There was great joy in the Fitzpatrick household in Lismacanican, Mountnugent, 10 days ago when Finnan, Rory and Oniosa, who are triplets, heard the news that one of their sheep had given birth to triplet lambs.
The parents Joan and Gerry Fitzpatrick say it is unique to see triplets holding triplet lambs on a farm and it is proving to be a nice talking point in the community. All the children take a great interest in the sheep and this particular ewe is owned by Conan Fitzpatrick and he was present at the birth of the lambs.
“Two lambs came first and then Rory and Finnan saw another head coming and then the third lamb arrived,” said Conan. The triplets are attending St Mary’s NS in Castlerahan and think the lambs are very “cute” and go down to the farm at Mount Prospect to see them after class. This was the third batch of lambs produced by this three year old Texel Eve. The lambs are a cross between Texel Ewe and the Charolais ram. So far the three lambs are getting enough milk from the sheep, which of course only has two teats. “We might have to foster one of them - but so far, so good”, says Gerry Fitzpatrick.