Ireland has a long history of farming sheep for their wool. The vast mountainous landscapes the country boasts are perfect. With so much open space for sheep to graze, farmers are able to keep large numbers of the animals.
Even though there are large numbers of sheep in the country, the majority of these breeds are not native to Ireland. Cheviot sheep produce wool that is perfect for making tweed clothing as their wool is incredibly soft. These sheep are particularly resistant to windy conditions so fare quite well in the hilly climbs of Ireland. This breed was imported to Ireland from England at the beginning of the 19th century in order to replace dwindling numbers of local stock.
The Scottish Black-Faced Mountain sheep came to Ireland shortly after the Cheviot sheep. Their wool is slightly more brittle than that of other breeds and it is used more for making carpets and rugs. The sheep that are native to Galway have an extremely high quality, soft wool which is very popular for making clothes with. There tends to be a slightly higher price tag on this type of wool because of the luxurious feel.
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