By Juliana Adelman
I happened to catch RTE radio 1’s ‘Farm Week’ this morning as I was up at the usual toddler waking time on Saturday. For those of you lucky enough to be in bed or simply not tuned in, it’s definitely worth downloading as a podcast. Donna O’Sullivan interviewed men and women from a few Cork families who all ended up in a remote part of Oregon as cattle and sheep herders during the 1950s. The interviewees recalled the glory of the scenery, the freedom of sleeping under the stars and, of course, being saddle sore. It was fascinating and sounded more like a story from the nineteenth century than only fifty years ago. Truly the Wild West: one of the interviewees revealed that she got a chance at a job only because two local men got into a fight at a dance, and one of them was taken out to the desert and never seen again. A pretty amazing emigration story and well worth a listen.
Picture credit: Cowboy herding cattle along Oregon State Highway 31, west of Silver Lake, Oregon. December 18, 2004.