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Cogley, John

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Date of Birth: 14th April 1927

Place of Birth: Gainstown, Co. Wexford

Date Interviewed: 27th November 2009

Summary: John Cogley clearly remembers the terrible roar of German bombers flying over the house on their way to bomb Belfast – the house shook as they passed overhead. People were worried about German submarines landing spies on Ballyhealy or other nearby beaches and strangers were regarded with suspicion. He worked on the farm from the age of ten and took over when his father died. He recalls “compulsion tillage” after the war when inspectors would call to make sure crops were being planted. Bad weather meant 1958 was a terrible year for farmers. John’s great passion was foxhunting and he was a member of the Killinick Harriers for many years – he looked forward to the weekly hunt riding over the south Wexford countryside. The annual Hunt Ball was a great social event.

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