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'I no longer have neighbours with cattle' - one of Dublin's last dairy farmers on urban pressures

My Week: Padraig Ó Scanaill talks to Siobhán English

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In for the long haul: Dairy farmer Padraig Ó Scanaill pictured on his farm in Swords, Co Dublin. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

In for the long haul: Dairy farmer Padraig Ó Scanaill pictured on his farm in Swords, Co Dublin. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

In for the long haul: Dairy farmer Padraig Ó Scanaill pictured on his farm in Swords, Co Dublin. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

The Mexicans built a wall and so will Padraig Ó Scanaill, if that is what it takes to secure one of the last remaining dairy farms in North Co Dublin.

"There are only about 15 of us left here now. The rest have either been sold off for re-development or the farmers have switched to something else," he says of the ever-dwindling number of dairy farms left on the outskirts of Dublin city.

"And just recently we saw the Guinness farm at Knockmaroon sell off their dairy herd," he adds.


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