Kieran Butler and his grandson around 1972
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The two photos featured date from the very early 1970s.
Although no date is specified on them, the fact that yours truly was probably about two years old puts them in or around around 1971 or '72. Both of them were taken sometime in the summer, as the annual saving of the hay would clearly indicate.
The picture above is of my grandfather, Kieran Butler who at that time would have been just retired from An Garda Siochana after 50 years of service from 1922 to 1972. He retired to farm in Errill and died in 1988 in his early 80s.
The picture below features my uncle Paddy Butler, who was a member of the 1952 Errill hurling team which won the county final that year. He died in early life and I have only a few memories of him, and this is almost certainly the only photo I have with him.
Both photos were almost certainly taken on that same far off day. Saving the hay was a horse and cart job in those days, something I only vaguely remember, if at all.
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