Eoin's already reaping benefits of changing outdated drain system
Eoin Toohey, from Moneygall, Co Offaly, bought just over 20 ac in 2008, that had previously been rented out for over 20 years. The land had received little or no investment in that time, and the remnants of a drainage system were over 30 years old.
The land repeatedly flooded and was often waterlogged, even though he had made a few attempts at draining the land by putting in a long open drain. This was only a partial success, and after failing to successfully utilise this land in 2012, Eoin decided to drain it properly.
What process did he follow to identify the drainage system to be used?
He started to research his options, and was helped substantially by a conversation with Tim Gleeson and then Pat Tuohy of Teagasc.
He became aware that he needed to get down to the moving layer, and drain the soil from the bottom up, rather than from the top down having used only shallow drains in the past.
In the Christmas of 2012 Eoin dug a few test pits up to 3m deep. There was a peaty layer 5-6 inches deep at the top, then a blue marle that was 5-6ft deep in places. Springs were noticeably bubbling up at 5ft and finally there was a sandy gravel layer at around 2m deep.
Eoin previously hadn't had the confidence to dig so deep and was working with surface water rather than springs that were causing the problem. Pat Tuohy outlined that to effectively deal with the springs he needed to lower the water table.
What work has Eoin done to date?