St Johnston - Carrigans
~ Co Donegal.
Congratulations to Josie McGee
and Andy Coll for having reached retirement age after long years of faithful
service on Rankin’s farm. At an age when most people are happy to put their
feet up, however, they continue to work – Andy on a full time basis and
Josie part time. Josie began work in the mid forties when horses provided
the pulling power around a farm, but then of course machinery took over and
Josie became familiar with and expert at operating and maintaining all sorts
of machinery. He became known in the area as having a strong preference for
his beloved Massey Ferguson tractor and inspired one local wit to pen an
amusing poem called Magee’s Massey.
Andy began work in the early
fifties and under the careful guidance of the late Mr Josie Rankin developed
a liking for the various building repair jobs which are common around a farm
yard. Andy is a man of great patience and when he finishes any job you may
be sure he finishes it to perfection.
Best wishes to both on their
From newsletter July 1999