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Padraic Raftery, Farmer


Padraic Raftery, Farmer , one of the leading figures in the western farming community lives in Coshla Lodge, Athenry.

On the untimely death of his father he left Carnaun National School at the age of thirteen to help on the family farm and made a great success of it. Since then, he has done much to further Irish farming.

Amongst other things Padraic…

Horse racing:

• 1949: Won the Members race at Carnaun Point-to-Point. (With a horse called Monty VI)

Macra na Feirme:

• 1949: Founder member of Co. Galway Macra na Feirme.

• Member of the County Executive in the early 1950s.

• 1951: Member of International Stock Judging Team representing Ireland.

Irish Farmers Association – I.F.A.:

• Founder member 1959

• Chairman of the Galway County Executive for 18 years.

• Member of the National Council for ten years.

• Member of Tuam Board of Beet Growers for 4 years (early 1950s).


• 1959: Won the Farm Planning of the Year award. Won a prize of a Ferguson tractor and a plough.

• 1963 to date: Padraic owns a pedigree Suffolk flock. At present it is
the largest in the British Isles.

Padraic Raftery, Farmer

Photo; Johnny Ryan Photography

Director of Cork Marts for twenty years (1966-1986)

Director of Bord Bainne for six years (1985-1991)

Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society Ltd – I.C.0.S:
• 17 years Vice-President (1971-1987).
• Chairman of Galway County Committee of Agriculture (I.C.0.S.).
Representative of the European Sheep Committee in Brussels, (mid 1980s).

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Written by Finbarr O'Regan

Published here 05 Feb 2021

Page 251 of The Carnaun Centenary Book

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