Haymaking ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 180

Haymaking c. 1960 Photo: Frank Tubridy
Haymaking c. 1960
Photo: Frank Tubridy

As I was driving from Waterford to Kilkenny along the motorway last evening, this photograph that my father took around 1960 kept flashing into my mind.

June is the time when there are all the signs of hay-making in Ireland and I couldn’t but think how much the country has changed over the last 50 years in terms of modern technology and infrastructure.

Yes, it’s great to be able to get from Waterford to Kilkenny in about 30 minutes  now but  part of me misses travelling through all the  beautiful and interesting villages along the way ~ Mullinavat, Ballyhale, Knocktopher, Stonyford …..

Modern machinery has also changed the face of farming practices and the very landscape itself.

I’m sure most would agree that what we are looking at is ‘progress’  but it seems that all progress comes at a price.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

6 thoughts on “Haymaking ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 180”

  1. I`m frequently nostalgic for Ireland of the 70s. Until I start thinking about women`s rights, Instant Whip, and footing turf.
    Yep, I`m glad I live in the 21st century and yet am old enough to know what we`ve left behind.

  2. Rush! Rush! Rush! We in the United States of America have I believe paid a terrible price in the name of progress.

    1. Hi Dennis, great to hear from you but you sound rather despondent about ‘progress’ and the price paid in the US in its name. I hope that Ireland doesn’t take a course that leads to such ‘regret’ or ‘misgiving,’ if those are the correct interpretation of what you say?

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