My father would be proudest of my being in this publication. He would never say the word “pride”, because my mammy and daddy always used to say that we were “blessed”. They wouldn’t use the word proud, because pride takes a fall.”

Immediately upon meeting him ahead of the signing of his new autobiography in Eason on O’Connell St in Dublin, Noel Fitzpatrick openly impresses upon Irish Country Living just how important being featured in the Irish Farmers Journal would have been to his late father Seán.