Kevin Twomey, Coppeen 4th Dec.

Friday Nov. 22nd 1963 is remembered by many as the date on which President JF Kennedy was assassinated. For a small group of farmers in a remote part of West Cork, this date also holds another very different type of memory. At this time, farming was relatively underdeveloped, and Ireland would not be entering the Common Market for another 10 years. A ‘Big Snow’ had crippled the country earlier this year, while Cliff Richard did his best to cheer people up with his big hit ‘Summer Holiday’ But, on that night, in Lackareigh National School, a group of farmers arranged for a new Agricultural Instructor named Kevin Twomey to come and deliver a course on better farming methods. Many of those who attended went on to be numbered among the most progressive farmers in the country. And many, to this day, still talk about that night, that course, and the importance of the pioneering information Kevin Twomey imparted on his students. Of course, Kevin went on to serve as an instructor in the area for many years, recognized as one of the very best in his field. He progressed on to become C.A.O. of the East Cork Region.
Now retired from the Dept. of Agriculture, by popular demand, Kevin is coming back to Coppeen on the 4th Dec, at 8:30pm to revisit some of those early days, and to tell his side of the story. It is expected that many of those who were in Lackareigh on the 22nd Nov 1963 will be in attendance.

Kevin Twomey.  Photo: Shane Cronin

Kevin Twomey.
Photo: Shane Cronin

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