Care and common sense required post quota

This time next year, the end of an era in agriculture was either just have arrived or be about to. That being the era of the milk quota. It may seem straight forward, but, to those who may not be au fait with farming matters, at some point in the 1980s, the decree was enforced that each farmer would have a quota. In other words, an individual farmer could only produce x amount of milk and no more. On a bigger scale, of course, it meant that a national quota existed as well. Going over which seemingly triggered fines from … Continue reading Care and common sense required post quota

An unlikely adventure back in focus

A few months back, while lending a hand compiling information on the history of the local GAA club, the story of a bit of land close to home cropped up. An unlikely segment thereof was that among the sports played therein, many years ago, was cricket. There was a time when having blood drawn from both arms simultaneously would’ve held more appeal than watching it. That changed over Christmas some years ago and it’d be openly admitted that interest in affairs of the wickets has increased significantly. As ever, something of interest that could be related to was the catalyst. … Continue reading An unlikely adventure back in focus

Exciting experiments and patriotic expeditions

As was stated when this hack began to meaningfully comment on farming matters, to be actually actively involved in farming myself – albeit in an obviously limited manner – was the stuff of dreams. Yet, looking at it from a different angle, maybe it was destined to happen at some point. The odyssey hasn’t stopped throwing up surprises. Thus, the oft mentioned fluidity in planning has been essential. When last affairs of the land were written of, the point was made that greatest advantage might be garnered from buying in lighter stock in terms of planning for the long term. … Continue reading Exciting experiments and patriotic expeditions

Irish evolution causing a stir

The first rugby yours truly can recall seeing was a video compilation in the home of some extended family many years ago. Thereon was mostly a tale of the great Irish Triple Crown winning teams of the early and mid eighties. Now read on… Backboned by men like Ciaran Fitzgerald, Donal Lenihan, Michael Bradley, Ollie Campbell and the late Moss Keane. And among the most memorable clips from that era were Michael Kiernan’s drop goal against England and tries scored by Trevor Ringland, ‘Ginger’ McLoughlin and Brendan Mullen. Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw Another segment of the tape then featured a time … Continue reading Irish evolution causing a stir

Refuges of a desperate insomniac

Commercialisation of sports, either by individuals or conglomerates, bugs me. Look no further than what Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has done to the club. Welsh people are fiercely – and rightly – proud sports people. How must the Cardiff fans feel to have seen the identity of their club more or less discarded? The word their was deliberately employed thence because surely a vital component of any sports team is the support base. They must at least be entitled to feel some kind of connection with those they like. Something as simple as a team’s nickname means a hell … Continue reading Refuges of a desperate insomniac

Spring pointers in winter wonderland

It’s said good things come to those who wait. Peter Roe, manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse must have been beginning to question the legitimacy of the above line of thinking. In recent years, the Ratoath venue’s Winter Festival – their biggest and most important fixture outside of Easter – has been cursed with bad weather.Temptation was to say clouded by unhelpful elements but that would actually have been too close to the bone. Don Cossack winning at Fairyhouse For two consecutive years, the opening day of the two day meet was shrouded in such a dense fog that races could only … Continue reading Spring pointers in winter wonderland

Bravado cannot quench the ominous foul stench

The earliest reports of organised boxing in Dunboyne that yours truly could trace were around a half century ago or more. It may come as a surprise to some to learn that Tom Yourell – my dear departed friend, inspiration and mentor – was secretary of Dunboyne Boxing Club at the time. He was probably filling the same role in the GAA Club at the same time. Those were the days before the dual mandate was banned! Anyway, whether by coincidence or intention, the link between boxing and GAA in the area has lived on. For many years the local … Continue reading Bravado cannot quench the ominous foul stench

Ashes leftovers are a step too far.

Local radio presenter Brendan Cummins opined recently – in paying tribute to the great Brian Smyth – that the 1949 All Ireland winning captain would be a great subject for a biography or an autobiography even. In franking his view, the Dunsany man said that Brian would be far more worthy and deserving of such a work than many of those publishing their life stories. Often multiple volumes of them. There’s no doubt there’s a valid point in his observation. But maybe what it really does is prompt a look at certain matters which pertain across the sporting codes from … Continue reading Ashes leftovers are a step too far.