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Aran island farmers suffer as drought and Covid restrictions bite hard

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A file photo of Aran Islands

A file photo of Aran Islands

A file photo of Aran Islands

Farmers on the Aran Islands are facing severe difficulties as a result of the continuing drought, with grass supplies extremely tight, and some cattle being moved to the mainland to secure grazing.

While the wet weather since the weekend has offered some respite to farmers, almost 15 weeks without significant rainfall has left much of the land on the islands of Inis Mór, Inis Oirr and Inis Meáin parched and burned.

The Covid-19 restrictions have exacerbated farmers' difficulties by preventing mainland buyers purchasing stock and moving animals to the mainland.