Walking the earthy furrows of Ireland past and present
Liam Collins took an eye-opening trip to Co Offaly for the National Ploughing Championships
The sheep weren't the only ones getting fleeced at the Ploughing, as we veterans call it. Gourmet burgers, steak dinners, a €6 bag of chips - and the heaving masses couldn't get enough of the D4 prices in a big muddy field in the middle of Offaly.
The tents and stands were packed with hungry customers, farmers mad to hand over a chunk of the Brussels 'cheque in the post' for all kinds of delicacies and bottled water at €2 a shot.
But sure ploughing is hungry and thirsty work.