Greenmount Farm has been on the go for over 300 years.
The farm kicks into action early with the livestock being fed and checked. We grow most of our feed right here on the farm, fertilising it with with farmyard manure and slurry. Our long-term aim is to establish clover swards on the whole farm for animal feed. Weeds are controlled by means of a topper, so no chemical sprays are needed. Most of the meat we sell comes from our own farm - so we know the exact history of each delicious sirloin steak, gammon roast or lamb chop.
If there's something you can't find on our site - or you have any questions - drop us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. And be sure to keep an eye out for our online farm shop (coming soon) where you'll be able to buy directly from us from the comfort of your own home.
The farms history.
From what we can find, the farm was initially owned by a William Mackie - which seems to be verified by an engraving on an old disused mill on the farm which says "M W A 1724". Some time later, William's daughter Sarah inherited Greenmount along with her husband Jacob Sinton, and the Sinton name took on a long relationship with the farm.
After the death of Mrs Mary Atkinson, the last of the Sinton family tree, the farm was sold to my father, Douglas, in 1959. Therefore it has now passed into the Irwin family.
Greenmount Farm through the centuries
There are various stone engravings around the farm that give a little insight as to the happenings here over the past few centuries.
The Sinton family in the USA have been tracing their family tree and and have notes on their website in which Greenmount Farm is mentioned. If you're interested, visit http://www.bob-sinton.com/notes/greenmount.php for more information.
Another matter of interest to do with Greenmount is that a boy by the name of Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton spent part of his childhood here on the farm, presumably with his Aunt Mary and Uncle Henry Atkinson*.
That little boy grew up to be Professor Ernest Walton, who along with Sir John Cockcroft, became the first men to split the atom at Cambridge University in the early 1930s, and in 1951 won the Nobel Prize in Physics for doing so. He remains the only Irish man to be made a Nobel laureate for science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Walton
Dean had the privilege of meeting Professor Walton when he came back to visit the farm sometime in the 1980s, before he died in 1995 at the age of 91.
*Ernest's mother was Anne Sinton, daughter of Thomas and Letitia Sinton, sister of Mary Atkinson and Great Great Great Granddaughter of William Mackie.
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
Click & Collect
Click & Collect Orders can be picked up at the Farm Shop Richhill, Mon-Sat
Or in St' Georges Market Belfast, Fri-Sat (needs to be ordered minimum 1-2 days before the market)