It started on the Late Late Show
The recent appearance of his fellow Galwayman TJ Gormley on the Late Late brought the memories flooding back for agri-entrepreneur John Concannon
John Concannon was running an agri manufacturing company in Tuam with an annual turnover of 12,000 old pounds in 1987 when he got his big break with an appearance on the Late Late Show then hosted by Gay Byrne.
He had invented a triple bucket which could feed three calves at the same time and was invited on to the show to explain what it was all about.
Gay Byrne, in his usual knock about comedic fashion turned the appearance into jackeen versus culchie encounter with plenty of jokes about 'holes in the buckets' and double entendres about the teats which were attached to the equipment.
"Some people thought Gay was taking the piss but I was grateful for the opportunity to publicise the buckets. Publicity is publicity and that's the way it is. I was certainly grateful for the opportunity to appear on the show," says John.
He was commenting against the backdrop of the social media row over the sheep tagging carousel invented by fellow Tuam man, TJ Gormley which was recently given an outing on the Ryan Tubridy version of evergreen RTE show.
TJ's carousel is designed to speed up the tagging of lambs which is a labour intensive task at this time of year. He was asked to apply himself to the problem by a Donegal farmer who annually has a stock of some 400 newly born hundred lambs to tag over a four week calving period.
His television demonstration generated a 'twitter storm' with some people alleging animal cruelty.
John Concannon is dismissive of the social media criticism and believes his fellow Galway man's invention is more than fit for purchase.