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Keogh, Cattleman. As told to Guy Williams.

Keogh, Raymond. Cattleman. As told to Guy Williams. Foreword by Paddy O’Keefe. First Edition. Bantry, Somerville Press, 2012. 23.3cm x 15.6cm. 190 pages. Original illustrated softcover. Excellent, close to new condition.

Cattleman recounts a way of life rapidly becoming an Irish folk memory. Raymond Keogh’s working life revolved around the famous Dublin Cattle Market, a sprawling collection of pens on the North Circular Road. From fairs and farms throughout Ireland, Raymond – as had his father and grandfather before him – bought finished and unfinished cattle for live export. The animals were freighted by what was then a truly national rail network to North County Dublin, thence to the Dublin Cattle Market, where English buyers bought them, drove them through the streets of the capital to Dublin’s North Wall and loaded them on waiting cattle destined for Liverpool and Birkenhead. Cattle were Ireland’s principal export.

Raymond’s cattle-dealing life led to his becoming Ireland’s largest ‘owner’ of milch cows, none of which ever died before his Livestock Credit Corporation had been paid in full. Cattle followed Raymon’s father, Jack Keogh, to Brighton Road, Foxrock, and into a ten-acre field that Jack had bought unwittingly at the time he purchased Carrick Byrn on a whim. The cattle were followed into Brighton Road by thoroughbred broodmares. One of theose mares foaled there. That foal became Hedgehunter, winner of the 2005 Grand National. A couple of years later that lucky ten-acre field was sold for 50 million euro.

Raymond’s lengthy association with the Ward Union Hunt led to his becoming successively Secretary, Master and Chairman. A similar involvement with racehorse ownership saw Raymond’s unique stag’s head colours successful in Ireland’s most valuable hurdle race, with bargain buy Irian.

Guy St. John Williams, fourth generation of the Tullamore Dew and Irish Mist dynasty, evetually heeded another legacy, as a writer. Oliver St. John Gogarty was his maternal grandsire. Previous works include “A Year in Connemara” and “The Renvyle Letters.”

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Keogh-Cattleman. As told to Guy Williams.
Keogh-Cattleman. As told to Guy Williams.