WATCH - Times Past: When the Army brought fodder for everyone


There is a saying that history repeats itself and if this week’s Times Past is anything to go by then that is very true!

The year was 1986 when Ireland was in the middle of a fodder crisis, worse than even that of the previous decade. Farmers in Donegal were among the worst affected and the above video, posted on Facebook by Lee McDaid, shows how bad things actually got. The situation deepened so much so that the army took it upon themselves to deliver hay to the forgotten county.

The shows the army making their way with fodder from Wexford to Ballyshannon in Donegal, to help feed their now starving livestock. Hay can be seen unloaded off trailers, much to the delight of local farmers. The video also features a few works from Adrian Leddy, who said they “would like to see a lot more hay coming to Donegal and generally the Northwest”.

It seems history does consistently repeat itself, but will we ever learn from the Past? If this year’s crisis is anything to go by, the answer to that is a firm no.

The video above courtesy of Lee McDaid on Facebook.

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