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Published on Mar 20, 2010
Every Friday morning after collecting their pension's the bachelor farmers of the area around the small rural town of Foxford come to Guirys pub for a few pints. It is here they meet and chat. Most spend their time alone and isolated on their farms. These are the few hours they mix socially. I joined them for six weeks and this is their story.
The 'Bachelor farmer' is a residual effect of the great famine of the 1840's. A victim of social pathologies which affect both their farming and their social and personal life in negative ways. In order to prevent the farm being divided up into smaller holdings, the eldest son inherited everything. Other son's we're prevented from marrying until middle age or older in order for them to work on the farm and it was very common for them not to marry at all. The result is a strata of marginalized men.
The faces in this work are from a troubled but in many ways innocent generation. They are faces that are vanishing from Ireland.