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Met a lot of first cousins I hadn't been in contact with for decades over the weekend. Back in the 1950s and early 60s I would be brought down the country by my father on the train to visit my country relations on the farm where he grew up. The farm has changed a lot primarily because of the rural economy where the general informed response is "there's no money in farming".

Lots of agri-tourism and kids who don't want the farm life.

Most of the stone farm buildings are now a tourist hostel and another cousin has an angling centre with trout fishing on a lake to supplement the income from the other farm he married into.

Have added the hostel to my cycling bucket list as I reckon it's within one long day's ride of Dublin.

 

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An old Raleigh I found lying in one of the stone farm buildings

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This was for breaking up root vegetables for animal feed I think but now is just a decorative item. Caught my interest because the company that made it were one of the last manufacturers of bicycles in Ireland

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Mostly sheep on the farm now whereas back in the 50/60s there were cattle, pigs, chickens and geese. 

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Trout lake on the other cousin's farm that attracts anglers

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Another bit of vintage farm machinery decorating the farmyard.

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