After four years in the making, local historian Paddy Egan’s new book finally hit the local book shelves earlier this week .
‘Farming Through the Years’ provides an informative and often colourful insight into Irish agriculture from just after the Famine to the modernity of present day farming. “It was brought out just this week and I have to say there is a lot of information in it,” smiled Mr Egan. “I’m delighted with the way it turned out and it was very interesting carrying out the research.” The book examines the types of farming, the methods used and the difficulties faced by those on the land after Famine, World War 2 and the Irish Civil War took its toll on their lives. “The Compulsory Tillage Scheme for example put alot of pressure on farmers,” he added. The book is available from McGowans, Ballymahon; Terlicken Tyre Services; Baxters, Longford; O’Boyles PO, Kenagh and is 12.