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The Last Cattle Drive

A 75 year old man re-enacts and remembers a time when cattle were herding through the streets and lanes of Dublin.

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Documentary maker: Joe Kearney

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Documentary maker: Peter Woods

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The Last Cattle Drive

A documentary written and presented by Joe Kearney celebrating a pilgrimage of remembrance when a 75 year old man herds a pedigree cow named Baldonnel Cherry on a symbolic journey along the arterial roadways that feed traffic onto South Dublin's N11 dual-carriageway.

The event commemorates a trip taken by George Reeves when he was a young boy when he accompanied his uncle as he drove a herd of some 40 dairy cows from their winter housing in Mount Merrion through the southern suburbs to their summer grazing adjacent to the old walls of the Alexander estate at Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin; a journey of some 12kms.

The documentary accompanies George as he travels from a starting point beside St. Vincent's hospital along the traffic congested Rock Road, through the suburban villages of Blackrock, Cornelscourt and Cabinteely.

It is there that the journey is brought to a premature end, as cows are no longer permitted to travel, on the hoof, on this stretch of the perpetually busy dual carriageway.

Along the way George and Cherry encounter bemused citizens, some old friends and many, many unexpected memories.

Produced by Peter Woods

Sound supervision by Richard McCullough

Additional recording by Liam O'Brien

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

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