A poignant portrait of an endangered animal native to Ireland and her keepers, The Kerry cow is the oldest cow in existence in Europe. Ireland’s special association these animals goes back thousands of years and they held an integral place in Irish society.
The Kerry’s significance is no less important today for a select number of individuals who are doing their utmost to preserve the breed. This documentary is an intimate account of the bonds that exist between the farmers and their animals, as they each struggle to survive in an ever increasing globalised system.
Bó has been screened privately for the Kerry Cattle Society, and an extract was also shown at a biodiversity event held at Killarney House during 2019, the film was shortlisted for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020. The project was a collaboration with Mieke Vanmechelen, sound artist Tony Langlois and writer/director Sean Rea. We wish to thank the National Parks & Wildlife Service and the Ulster American Folk Park, NMNI as well as The Kerry Cattle Society. The Project was funded by Creative Ireland.