Traditional Tractors

Long before the Tractor came to the farm we had many a long day working the land with a horse or donkey. A good horse was worth its weight in gold. A gentle donkey was equally as useful.

Many areas of the land or bog were rough and wet and perhaps the horse or donkey were even more useful in places that the modern machine couldn’t access.

Thank you to Ray Walsh for sharing these wonderful photographs that show just how important the right animal was for the job.

A day ploughing in Furrigal. Johnny Walsh and Willie Geraghty photo taken by Willie’s brother Pat at home on holidays from the United States. Year unknown

Picture taken in 1996 John Joe Jennings Kilgever Spreading some farmyard manure by donkey and cart


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