‘It’s get­ting like the US where funds have taken over from real farm­ers’

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE -

JOHN Flynn gave up the com­mut­ing life­style in farflung des­ti­na­tions to re­turn for good in 2016 to the home farm in Co Galway.

His en­gi­neer­ing ca­reer had seen him work on ma­jor projects in the USA and South Africa, in­clud­ing the re­build­ing of the World Trade Cen­tre in New York.

How­ever, he is now run­ning the 30ac en­ter­prise with a fur­ther 35ac rented with his wife Mary. He is happy that his com­mut­ing days are at an end.

John left for the US some 40 years ago af­ter com­plet­ing the then equiv­a­lent of the Green Cert here and he qual­i­fied in en­gi­neer­ing at Florida Univer­sity.

He mar­ried his child­hood sweet­heart Mary, who was “a neigh­bour’s child” and, as Mary de­cided to re­main at home, their mar­riage saw John do­ing a lot of com­mut­ing from across the At­lantic.

“I used to come home ev­ery month or so,” the 60-year-old re­calls to­day.

The cou­ple have two chil­dren — Eibh­linn (33), who

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