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Notes on Farming around Tierworker

(introduction to be written)

 

Planting the potatoes in Tierworker c1940

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Peter McCabe says (October 26, 2009) - "I am sending you a third photo which shows from left to right - My Dad Ted McCabe, Owenie Reilly (Mother's brother),Mick McCabe (my uncle), and Terry McCabe (my Granda) As you can see they were planting potatoes in ridges by hand in the second field above our home at Tierworker; I am sure you will recognise it as you can see the old Donnelly home in Glanadara in the background"

 

Harvesting in Annaclue c1940

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Peter McCabe says (March 13, 2010) - "from left, Paddy Haughey (as a boy), Nell McCabe nee Reilly (my mother), on mowing machine Owenie & Fr. Peter Reilly, Ted McCabe (my father), Terry Reilly, Jack Gargan, Owen Gaffney of Relaghmore."

 Cultivating the soil in Greaghnadarragh c1928

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Tullys of Greaghnadarragh, perhaps Alice and Tommy, cultivating soils with their pony and harrow. c1928

 

 

The Eyes That Shone - from Ireland to Canada in the 1950s

But a word of warning! The Eyes That Shone is not a saga filled with horrible tragedy and dysfunctional relationships, but rather a celebration of family lives in Ireland and Canada, in other words, a happy story featuring:

  • Memories of life on small farms in Ireland before 1950 and before tractors and electrification, when growing food depended largely on human sweat and muscle
  • Recollections about people and events in the Department of Public Works of Canada where the author worked during the period 1957 to 1991
  • Intimate perspectives on living and dying, politics and religion, home and family