Meet the young farmer who bought a cow with his communion money
This budding farmer had one ambition to spend his communion money - to start a farm.
Ewan Hannay is 10 years of age. A bright talkative child he meets your eyes confidently and answers questions in a direct manner. Last April his parents held a party for his First Communion and he collected rather a lot of money in presents. When asked just how much, he answers ‘loads’ while his mother Linda tells me it was almost €900.
Most children faced with such loot might consider buying the latest X Box or games console. Indeed Ewan tells me his friend Cormac used his money to buy a Samsung tablet. However, Ewan had different plans. His tells me his father is Scottish and that he is named after Ewan McGregor but Ewan had his eye on another Scottish celebrity – this time a Belted Galloway
Ewan lives next to his uncle’s farm in Moneyteigue, near Aughrim in Co. Wicklow. Ever since he could talk he has said he wants to be a farmer – as well as a construction worker, a driver of a lorry and a horse rider.
Basically all the careers followed by his uncle Tom. As soon as Ewan could walk he has joined his Grandfather TJ and Tom every Saturday to help out on the farm. His jobs, when asked he says, are to feed the sheep, calves and lambs. He is also responsible for putting clean straw into the pens.
Ewan is the middle child of Richie and Linda Hannay. He has an older sister Evie, 12, and a younger Esme, three. He is autistic but carries his condition in a bright outward inquisitive fashion.
Since arriving he has quizzed me on other interview subjects and seems disappointed I have not really interviewed anyone famous. He proceeds to question me about the animals resident in my home, what musical instruments I might have and if I could show him pictures of everything. Within a short while I am no longer sure who the journalist is in our conversation.
Originally, Ewan had thought of buying hens with his communion money but Linda pooh-poohed the plan as “they will only encourage rats”, says Ewan. He then looked at Jacob sheep as a possibility before turning to the Scottish breed. “Dad had me hounded to buy a Scottish animal,” chuckles Ewan.