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Harvest by hand revived

Published: 20 Sep 2012 13:000 comments

It's a scene that was common throughout the Fermanagh countryside before the era of tractors and horses - the harvest being cut by hand.

A rare sight as Patrick Murphy is seen "bending the wheat" to leave it easier cut for the scythe being worked by Francie Doherty.

This age-old tradition was revived last week when Patrick Murphy and Francie Doherty, set out to harvest wheat on land at Lisgoole where farmer, Derek Thornton has been growing it.

The crop was cut by scythe and hook, so that the straw is cut long and kept undamaged for strawcraft at the Mummer's Centre this autumn. This particular straw will be made into harvest love-knots.

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