My Great Grandad

 
My Grandad Paddy was born on the 12 of June 1920 In Ballykaneen, Clonaslee . Paddy went to school in Castlcuffe N.S. Paddy's name is the first name on the oldest roll book in our school. Paddy wore nailboots. He took then off in class to be like the other children. Then he went to Clonaslee boys school. Then he went to Knock Beg college.

Paddy joineg the army in 1940 during the war.He left in 1944.

Paddy has 1 brother and 5 sistrs. Paddy got married in 1948. And he had 11 childeren. Then he came home to farm in 1944. He farmed with horses. It was mixed farming. There was tillage, sheep, cattle, cows and pigs. He brought his first tractor in 1955. It was a Fordson. He went in to dairying in 1960. He used to bring the milk in milkchurns to the creamery in Raheen near Abbeyleix ever 2 days. He got into pigs in a big way.In 1964 when the pig Co-op stared in Clonaslee he was the first farmer to bring their first pigs in to the Co-op. He brought pigs every week for long number of years. He was a memberof the committee that started the Pig Co-op in Clonaslee until he retired in his late life. He was a founder member of the local agricultural show which is in it 58 th year. He loved horses and bred a number of winners and had a great interest until his death in 2001 in his 81st first year.

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