'It's a full-time occupation right up to Sunday'
My week: John Daly
Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30
Dairy farmer John Daly is catching up on outstanding farm maintenance work for the year having taken a break a few weeks ago in Nice and Monte Carlo on the French Riviera.
He had booked the holiday with his girlfriend before the terrorist atrocity which was visited upon locals and tourists alike on Bastille Day last July but decided to go ahead anyway with the trip a few weeks ago.
"It is amazing how life gets back to normal after such an event. Life must go on I suppose," John remarked philosophically, though he was somewhat taken aback by the amount of fellow tourists in Nice who were taking 'selfies' along the seashore boulevard where the actual atrocity took place.
"You would imagine people would not do that sort of thing. I was surprised," he added.
John (31) farms in partnership with his father, Jeremiah on the 130 acre family farm near Mallow with some advisory help from mother Philomena, a retired nurse.
The Dalys run a herd of 130 Holstein/Friesians and supply milk to the Kerry group.
The partnership was set up in 2005 when John graduated with his Green Cert from Clonakilty agricultural college and it seems he is only one in a family of nine children who took the farming option.
Three of his siblings - Eugene, Norma and Maria - opted to become chemists and are working in a Limerick pharmacy, a Limerick hospital lab and with the HSE respectively while a second tranche of siblings - Anne, Carmel and Clare - opted to become accountants and work in Cork except for Clare. She made her way to Idaho to do the numbers for the Glanbia operation there.