Denis Joyce farms in the townland of Brownsgrove, a few kilometres from Tuam. He is married to Karen and they have four daughters. His father Joe was 42 when he married Sheila and they went on to have six children. Joe was in the pig business but was worried about the safety of his young family so moved into dairying.

“Daddy thought sows and young children wasn’t the best thing and he got out of pigs in 1966-67 which was a good year to do it. We had 47ac and 18 cows and their followers supplying Arrabawn Co-op. My father bought more land but as it was too far away for the dairy cows, he reared beef animals on that land.”