It’s an October afternoon and the main street of Fethard in Co Tipperary is jammed with traffic. Heavy traffic isn’t something you expect to see in a small Irish town on a damp autumn afternoon. But Fethard isn’t just any small town. It’s smack bang in the middle of horse breeding country with Coolmore just over the road and Ballydoyle only a few kilometres away.

Irish Country Living is in Fethard to meet Jasper Murphy, the engaging owner of McCarthy’s Bar.