Patrick Kavanagh's interest in reading outweighed his interest in farming. Neighbours recount stories of how Kavanagh had no idea about farming.

Neighbours tell Tom McGurk how Patrick Kavanagh was often more interested in reading than farming and how the farm horse 'Oul Glug' "knew the way home better than he did."
"... And he was reading the paper behind the cart..."
Included here is a recital of Kavanagh’s poem 'Kerr’s Ass'.

One neighbour comments

He was good for nothing...He had no idea about farming.

Another describes how Kavanagh was often distracted from farm work by the newspaper.