This is my last column for Irish Country Living. It has been a privilege to share my thoughts with you over the past 11 years, one I never took lightly.

Of course, I wasn’t allowed to either. Like my favourite subject, the GAA, the Irish Farmers Journal is embedded in rural Ireland and you’re not allowed to forget that. I was the “fella who writes in the Journal” no matter where I went. That got me many the extra slice of cake, cup of tea or even something stronger at matches, funerals and weddings all over the country.