Actual Legends – GAA Team Stop Off to Give Helping Hand to Farmer Turning Turf in Galway 6 years ago

Actual Legends – GAA Team Stop Off to Give Helping Hand to Farmer Turning Turf in Galway

So, we here at Her towers have a whole team of heroes we happen to think are pretty amazing right now.

It’s that time of year, where if you’re coming from a farming background, chances are you’re breaking your back in the bog.

One Galway farmer got a lucky surprise when he was given a helping hand by an entire club Gaelic football team from Donegal at the weekend.

Naomh Columba were competing in Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, held in Moycullen at the weekend. The team decided to go for a dip in the sea in Spiddal following a game on Saturday evening before returning to their accommodation in Corrib Village in Galway city when they spotted a local farmer turning turf.


Tomás Lydon was out turning turf single-handedly when they players decided to get out and give him some team support. A group of 30 men, both players and management, pitched in, helping him turn about an acre of turf in an hour.

Naomh Columba manager Paddy J McGinley told the  Donegal Democrat:

“We were only about 15 minutes from Spiddal so the lads decided we would go there to the beach to the salt water to bathe before we were to go back to stay at Corrib Village.

“We just went straight from Moycullen before we had a chance to tog in after the match. On the way we saw a man with about an acre of turf and we made the decision to stop and help him.

“I went down to introduce myself and Tomás was a little taken back to begin with. The intentions were genuine from the lads. He was maybe in his sixties and we had about 30 men altogether, aged anywhere between 15 and 40.

“When I was leaving, Tomás came up to me and thanked me and said he wouldn’t have managed to do that much in three days. He looked again and said: ‘No. Five days actually.’

“I’m glad we could’ve been of help.”

Seriously lads, fair play.

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