Meath farmers are going back to their western roots
Meath farmers are tracing their agri roots from so-called "congested districts" of Connacht to superior holdings of the Royal county as part of a new book.
The Meath Land Commission Heritage Group (MLCHG), are eager to collect stories, photographs and insights relating to the Land Commission Resettlement Programme within the county, which operated from the 1920s to the mid-1970s.
The aim of the project is to document the significant influence the Land Commission - a controversial body created in 1881 to redistribute farmland in Ireland - had on the county in terms of its agricultural, social, economic and sporting identity.
Organisers say those with a direct link to this influential period are now a "diminishing generation," as such they hope this new venture will preserve these special stories for both present and future generations.
Pat Farrelly, chief organiser of the MLCHG said it is "vital" that the experiences and stories of these families are not lost.
"We want to document the movement of our people, where they came from, the estate that they moved to, the year they arrived so we will have an archive for people for years to come.
"In 50 years times when people come to Meath to trace their heritage they will be able to access all the typical Land Commission information from that period," he said.
Over the last year the group have collected dozens of colourful stories of farm families that originated in Mayo, Kerry and west Cork.