While most families were enjoying a quiet day over the Christmas period, farmer Jim Walsh received a phone call the morning after St Stephen’s Day to say that a lone sheep had strayed on to a neighbour’s farm.

Jim keeps a flock of sheep in Ballywilliam, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, and at the time they were grazing an outblock away from his farm. To have arrived in his neighbour’s field, the lone sheep had to cross both a river and a number of ditches, prompting concern for Jim.