A Cork man claims he is the owner of the smallest foal in Ireland.

The foal is a Shetland pony born on the farm of James Burke in Courtmacsherry in County Cork. At birth the foal was just 16 inches high. 

James Burke owns the local garage and he plans to open a caravan site shortly. He began breeding Shetlands as an extra attraction for campers.

The Shetland pony is a Scottish breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles in the north of Scotland. James Burke bought two Shetland mares and a stallion in England, and this miniature pony is the first foal. At full size he will not be any bigger than 33 inches.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 May 1965.