Top hurler rolls up his sleeves on the family farm
Michael Grace has just completed all the legal work on the transfer of the family farm from his father, Martin, and is busy working on development plans for the 50-acre holding at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains near Inistioge in South Co Kilkenny.
The legal papers were signed off on last week - just three days before Michael's 35th birthday - if he had left it any later, a much higher rate of land transfer taxes would have applied.
It was an unusually close run thing for the All-Ireland senior hurling medallist, but Michael was a happy man when we spoke.
"I have signed off on the transfer and I am glad that's over. We saved some money in tax. If it had gone on any longer or past my 35th birthday, the costs would have been much greater," he explains.
Now it's full steam ahead for Michael. He is planning to expand the farm's suckler herd of Charolais crosses from 20 to around 30 in the short term through buy-ins and by culling and replacing the non-performing stock.
His plan is to simplify the farm and turn the herd into a spring-calving enterprise rather than the current year- round calving.
The Graces rear their cattle on farm to 24 months and sell their stock at New Ross mart.
Michael will soon be turning his attention to reseeding the fields.