Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese

Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese is handmade in the traditional way by Ann & Pat O'Farrell at the Rock, Carrigaline. Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese is available direct from the cheese plant, and is also distributed nationwide.The milk which is produced from Friesian Cows is pasteurised at the cheese dairy. Vegetarian Rennet is used throughout. The cheese has a firm and flexible texture with round or oval gas holes. It has a delicate flavour becoming piquant with age. Each wheel is coated with food wax to prevent dehydration. As well as the natural type, the cheese is produced with garlic and dried herbs. Both types are free from any artificial additives or preservatives. Both are suitable for vegetarians. The cheeses are presented in 200gm. and 400gm. rounds and are also available in 1.8 kg rounds which can be vacuum packed to individual specifications. It is suitable for vegetarians.

Our cheeses are made with the following flavours:

  • Natural
  • Garlic & Herb
  • Beech-Smoked

Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese is best eaten at approx. 12 weeks or older, but is an excellent mild cheese at a younger age. Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheeses are delicious served in sandwiches, superb for cooking and an excellent choice on cheeseboards.

For storing cheese a good overall rule is to keep it in a cool environment, and bring it up to room temperature before eating.

Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese has won several awards over the years, the most recent bring:

  • Silver at the British Cheese Awards 2008
  • Gold at the British Cheese Awards 2008 - Smoked Cheese
  • Gold at the World Cheese Awards 2008 - Smoked Cheese

Anne O'Farrell and Pat O'Farrell

The name Carrigaline is derived from the Gaelic words Carraig-Ui-Leighin meaning 'Rock of the Lynes. The Lynes were an old Irish family who build a stone castle on a domineering hilltof of limestone rock in 1170 AD.

The castle underwennt turbulent years as Norman invaders, under the command of Milo de Cogan, took control and the castle thereafter became known as a De Cogan Castle.

Nowadays goings on are more sedate as Ann and Pat (pictured above) develop their farmhouse cheese under the shadow of the now crumbling castle. Incidently, Pats family is descended from that infamous foreigner. Carrigaline is a thriving town of 16,000 people located 6 miles from the city of cork.

Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese Ltd. is a member of Fuschia Brands of West Cork and BRC Global accredited.


Contact Information

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Tel: 021 4372856
Fax: 021 4371012

Contact: Ann & Pat O'Farrell

E-mail: pat[at]


Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese,
The Rock,
Co. Cork