The Dutch have a saying: “God made the world, but the Dutch made Holland.” This is because 65% of their land area was reclaimed from the sea. This very saying came to mind when I visited Patsy McInaw’s farm in Turras Hill, Mountcharles, Co Donegal. Patsy reclaimed the majority of his farm from bleak moorland to enclosed green fields with a combination of hard work and determination.

When Patsy was just 14 he left school to work in the construction sector, labouring mainly, and he also helped out on the home farm.