In Conversation: “I don’t like goats.”

I don’t like eating goat products. No goat’s cheese. No goat’s meat. I don’t like the smell of them.

When I was a small girl, growing up in Clonmel, Ireland, the countryside was very near. Up the road there was an old woman called Mary O’Dwyer. She had goats. But she didn’t have a field. So, she just let them out at the side of the road – it being a country road it had a grass margin.

And so, the goats would stay there all day grazing, including on occasion the Billy goat, which was the big male with long horns. I was a bit frightened by them, because for some reason the Billy goat chased me one day.

So, no. I don’t like goats.

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