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Demise of rural Ireland

 
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Sean Ph'lib



Joined: 27 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: Demise of rural Ireland  Reply with quote

I took a stroll back today into my lately departed next-door neighbour's yard.  Where once there had been horses, donkeys, cows, bullocks, heifers, sows,  hens, geese, neighbours calling for advice or help or just to pass the time,  heaps of turnips and mangolds, ricks of hay and sops of oats, gardens of potatoes and cabbages, women baking bread and children running around, now there is -nothing.  The swallows were flying undisturbed  in and out on the sheds and young rabbits hopped around where once there had been a huge manure pile. Ploughs, scufflers, harrows, all once carefully looked after,  now lie rusting,  half concealed by nettles and brambles and the dwelling-house, the door of which was never closed during the day and which was home to arguing, fighting, loving, prayers, music, singing and dancing is now shut for ever and falling into disrepair.  Long live the EU!
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blowin



Joined: 13 Dec 2006
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Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sad story indeed.
Not dissimilar in the valley where I live. Three of the 7 local sheep farms have been pretty much abandoned since the old boys passed away in recent years. I am not aware of any meaningful incentives or even initiatives to encourage re-population.
I'm not sure what the EU has got to do with it though. Do you mean all the regs which stifle small enterprises before they even start ?
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wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
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Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sad story indeed but, the wheel turns as it should. I do reminisce of course from time to time. Not sure it a worthwhile occupation  but, ho hum. I am not a young man and do often think of those old timers that had an influence in my life. Now sadly all gone and it is us oldies who have to take their place. Not a position that I feel at all up to. Enough of all this melancholy.
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greentree



Joined: 01 Apr 2007
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Location: Roundwood, Wicklow

PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a farmyard like that on our farm. Been empty now for 50 years. Very sad.

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