The Ballinamore Library ‘Picture of the Month’ for November is a framed document titled ‘Leitrim Roll of Honour 1966 – 1967 Famers Rights Campaign’. It was presented to the N.F.A in Leitrim by Rickard Deasey, former President of the N.F.A.
It details the Leitrim County Executive Officers 1966 – 67, Chairman: Hugh Leddy, Hon Secretary: Jim Finn and Treasurer: Liam Ellis.
It outlines that on October 12th 1966, 20 Leitrim farmers started on a walk to Dublin. They were Hugh Leddy, Joseph O’Connell, Noel Dolan, Peter Flynn, Larry Gaffney, Desmond Quinn, Peter Honeyman, Hugh P. Brady, Shay McGovern, Tommy Heraghty, Bartley Feeney, Liam Irwin, Michael Clancy, Pat McGoldrick, John J. Smith, Peter O’Connell, John J. Duignan, Thomas J. Heaney, Marcus Clements and Thomas Kelly.
On January 12th 1967, N.F.A. members picket the Rates Collectors Offices leading to the arrest of 18 farmers in Mohill. They were Michael Woods, John Baxter, Francis Early, Patrick Gildea, Patrick J. Cafferty, John P. Canning, Patrick J. Barry, Bernard Heeran, Tommy Reynolds, Hugh Farrell, Hugh Faughnan, Thomas Newton, John J. Reynolds, Gerry Moran, James Foley, John Kelly, John P. McNulty and Thomas P. Reynolds.
The next day on January 13th N.F. A. members picket Rates Collectors Office and 16 farmers were arrested in Drumshanbo. They were Tom McGovern, Hugh Dolan, John J. Beirne, Christy Moore, Tommy Reynolds, W. Booth, P. J. Gilhooley, Peter Honeyman, Charley McHugh, Jimmy Lennnon, P. J. Kelly, John Ward, Brendan Keville, Jack Shanley, James Gannon, and Hugh P. Brady.
Later in April and May 1967, 14 Leitrim farmers serve terms of imprisonment for involvement in the Nationwide Road Blockade of January 1967. They were Hugh Leddy, John Ward, John Shanley, John Harte, Tony Gannon, Michael McKeon, Cormac McGuiness, Jimmy Carroll, Patrick Gralton, Tom Harvey, Seamus McGovern, Sean Maguire, Paddy Mollohan and John P. Barry.
Farmer’s rights campaigns are very topical at the moment so the protests of 48 years ago may bring back many memoires to the people of Leitrim.
If this is the case why not call to Ballinamore Library during the month of November and see the names of the farmers which are beautifully written on this document. Opening hours are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues & Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, with daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.