Wednesday 21 February 2018

'They're destroying the field' - little Alannah cries as tractor ploughs through her favourite field at Co Kilkenny home

* This level of upset not seen since Bull McCabe in John B. Keane's 'The Field'
* Alannah promises to still 'love the field' despite actions of tractor Newsdesk Newsdesk

It's the little things that sometimes affect us the most.

When Alannah (5) started crying loudly in the upstairs bedroom of her home in Co Kilkenny, her mum Jenny Blackmore went to see what was wrong.

"Stop. Stop. Please. Stop. Stop. Stop," an emotional Alannah can be heard as she channels her inner Bull McCabe about the field close to her home.

Jenny went into her little daughter's pink bedroom, where she saw her daughter clutching her teddy, looking out her bedroom window and crying her eyes out as a tractor ploughed a field across the road.

"I don't want this to happen Mammy," an adorable Alannah tells mum Jenny as she enters her bedroom.

"You don't want what to happen?" Jenny asks.

Alannah then turns to her bedroom window and replies "this".

"It's going to be ruined," Alannah says.

At this stage, her mum Jenny points her phone out a window which captures a tractor ploughing a field across from their home.

"It's only a field," Jenny gently tells her daughter.

"I won't be able to play in it any more. That's why I was crying because I will miss it.

"It's going to be turned into something not useful," Alannah says in between her sad gulps.

"Then nobody will like it. Nobody will want to play in it any more. But I still love it.

"Now I won't be allowed in the muck and I don't want it to be destroyed.

"I don't want this to happen," Alannah says as she clutches her teddy bear close to her.

"I don't want this to happen Mam. This was the field that I found.

"That's where me and Heather play pirates and I don't want it to go," she says.

"That's where me and my friends play football. I want it to stop.

"I want it to stop. I don't know who told him to do it and I don't want it to happen. It's not nice," she adds.

"No, it's not," agrees mum Jenny.

The tractor can be heard whirring in the background as Alannah looks at the camera and says once again: "I don't want it to happen".

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