St. Tola Irish Goat Cheese is known as one of the premium artisan products in Ireland. It is the finest, gourmet goats cheese and has been hand-made in the townland of Inagh just south of the Burren in County Clare since the early 1980s.
The cheeses were originally made by Meg and Derrick Gordon who developed the fine quality of the cheese and helped establish a gourmet cottage industry in a rural area. In the late nineties, they were keen to retire and the business was taken over by their neighbour Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith in 1999.
Over time Siobhán and her dedicated team have made significant developments to the family farm. Siobhán has developed the business from a local industry to an internationally recognised brand. Our cheese is still hand made in small batches however as the artisanal quality of our cheese is paramount.
St. Tola Irish Goat Cheese is made by Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd. and is a member of CÁIS (The Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers Association) and the Slow Food movement. We are also part of the Burren Food Trail and are just a few miles from the Wild Atlantic Way
St. Tola Irish Goat cheeses are handmade with no additives or preservatives. A natural geotritum mould rind grows as the cheese matures (synthetic rinds are never used) to protect the cheese and enhance the flavour. As in all good artisan cheeses, other natural moulds, usually green or blue, may also develop, but these cause no harm. Many cheese lovers actually look for these moulds before purchasing! The rind can just be removed before the cheese is consumed or used for cooking. Cheese is matured to create different flavours from young, fresh and mild to mature and more pronounced in flavour.
Some Goats cheese facts
St Tola Goats Cheese is low in fat, calories and 1% salt. Products are suitable for those with asthma and eczema. St. Tola cheese is rich in calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin K, phosphorus, niacin and thiamin. It is also rich in zinc, selenium and casein. Goats cheese enhances the nutritional use of iron and the regeneration of haemoglobin and can improve recovery of those with iron deficiency anaemia. Goats cheese acts as a positive influence on antioxidant defence and DNA stability.
Visiting Our Goat Farm
We welcome tours of all kinds to our beautiful 65 acre farm! We are available for school tours for both national and secondary students, university and college students and holiday and vacation trips for all sizes and ages.
Tours can be arranged for groups. Our tour takes approx. 1 hour to 1.5 hrs. and includes a full tour of our working farm. There is a chance to pet our beautiful goats, see them during feeding time and get a better understanding of sustainable farming. A cheese making demonstration is included and a tasting of our gourmet cheeses. At the end of the tour, visitors can visit our Économusée museum and buy cheese in our farm shop.
Tours are available for booking Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10.30, 12.30 and2.30.
*****************ALL TOURS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE*****
Contact us for booking and tour prices on Tel: 065 683 66 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the summer months of July and August, we offer an Open Public Tour session one morning a week. See our Facebook page for updates on this!
More about the goats
On 65 acres of unspoiled pasture-lands the St Tola herd of Saanen, Toggenburg and British Alpine goats are raised. During the warmer weather they graze on the herb rich pastures feeding on wild flowers such as buttercups, meadow sweet and wild garlic. In the winter they are housed indoors in comfortable, clean, spacious sheds and are fed on a balanced mix of hay 9grown on the farm during the summer) with a supplement of GM free grains.
The goats are milked twice a day in our state of the art milking parlour where 32 goats can be milked at a time. They are milked at 8am and 6pm. Strict farming practices, housing and hygiene criteria guarantee a happy and healthy herd!
The herd numbers approx 300 in total comprising of 200 milkers, kids and 12 pucks. Every year the herd increases by keeping the offspring from the best milkers while retiring goats and their kids are given away as family pets or donated to Bóthar, an international aid agency that provides poverty stricken families in developing countries using livestock in development aid.
Awards: We have won lots of awards over the years these are just a few of our recent wins:
Food Writers Guild 2018
World Cheese Awards 2017
GOLD for St Tola Ash log
Blas na hEireann Awards 2017
World Cheese Awards 2016