Barnyard fun amidst the green countrysideIrish butter is renowned worldwide and its farmstead chesses are much prized. Besides the cows grazing contentedly on the trademark grasses, Emerald Island farms are famous for their horses and ponies (it wasn't that long ago you'd still see them hauling carts and working the fields). Pigs, lambs and sheep are ubiquitous and needless to say there are plenty of potato patches. Throw in a thatched farmhouse and a sheep dog and you've got a fascinating attraction, especially for city folk. Muckcross Farms near Killarny are popular, as is Newbridge House, which is near Dublin and has a huge playground. The interior counties such as Carlow, Kildare and Kilkenny are rich with backroad farms selling produce.