Community website for Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland
Ryan Tarrant driving Dan Joe Murphy’s donkey Bessie in Knocknakilla.
Ryan Tarrant on a cart pulled by Dan Joe Murphy’s donkey Bessie in Knocknakilla
Bring back memories of an old Irish cultural history
I thought nowadays such things not to be seen in Ireland
But thought again has made a fool out of me
It is good to think that such a thing not completely extinct
In modern Ireland in the early twenty first century
A twentieth century thing that has not been lost forever
Though we cannot go back to what once used to be
Though much credit must go to the likes of Dan Joe Murphy
To his kind of person recognition is overdue
For trying to preserve a dying age old tradition
I only say of his kind what is true
The donkey pulled cart was endangered in Ireland
When i was a boy more than fifty years ago
But in changing times there is no return to what was
And modern technology is now conservation’s foe
Ryan Tarrant on a cart pulled by Dan Joe Murphy’s Donkey Bessie
A recently taken photograph that has links to the past
It is a changing World that we live in
And in changing times few things do seem to last.
“On An Image On The Millstreet Town Website” is by Francis Duggan
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