Volunteers and farmers reflect on the harvest emergency of 1946, when thousands of volunteers joined with the nations's farmers to help salvage the harvest.

'Harvest Emergency' is the story of an extraordinary national co-operation that resulted in thousands of people across Ireland helping farmers to save a harvest threatened by severe flooding. This extract shows interviews with farmers and volunteers, who reflect on the emergency and how people came together in a common effort to save the crops. They describe the type of work involved, the working conditions and the efforts made by volunteers to help the farmers. Both city folk and farmers learnt from the experience.