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Game of Thrones was financial lifeline for Northern Ireland farmer Kenny Gracey

By Staff Reporter

The Co Armagh farmer who supplied everything from dogs to geese to TV programme Game of Thrones has said the hit fantasy drama saved his business.

Kenny Gracey, from Tandragee, reared many of the pigs, sheep, chickens and horses seen on the blockbuster filmed in Northern Ireland. And with farming facing tough times, HBO has helped see Kenny through.

"It has been a great asset and a great saviour for our farm," he told Sky News.

"Any of the background animals, the chickens, the goats, the geese, the dogs for instance or the deer ... I'm supplying those."

As well as the rare breeds he supplies to filmmakers, Kenny aims to keep his business thriving when Game of Thrones ends next year. His customers can buy anything from a hog roast to sausages online.

And while Northern Ireland's economy has benefited in many ways from the TV show's arrival here, the jobs it supports may not always be obvious.

Co Down taxidermist Ingrid Houwers supplies props and costumes produced from animals that died ethically.

She said: "Rather than go to a museum, these certainly have more of a movie star kind of a life, where it does get used and obviously admired. I have seen things that go to the exhibition as well so they get an extra boost to show people what they're used for and how they bring this fantasy world to life."

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