I first saw this picture in the study of Willie Tracey, an elderly farmer who lives and farms at Shortstone, Co. Louth. He has the hands of a hard-working man, a man who never hesitates to muck right in and put things to rights no matter how recalcitrant the machinery or the livestock or whatever. Salt of the earth is a phrase that comes to mind. Gentleman is another.
|SOURCE: The Select Committee on Outrages : The drawing was part of a threatening letter.|
|The attackers in 1849 hid in the gap in the hedge known as Sammy’s Gap.|
|October 2011. Willie Tracey at Shortstone.|