Students encourage others to ‘give it a go’ at the National Ploughing Championships

18 Sep 2014

Tony Moloney from Cork and Kevin O’Duffy from Offaly are just some of the students who will be talking to the public about the benefits of returning to education today at the National Ploughing Championships.

(National Adult Literacy Agency stand, DUHALLOW, Block 1, Row 29, Stand 502, Unit 21)

Both men returned to education to improve their reading, writing and maths skills and during the three day event, they hope to meet and encourage others who might be thinking about it, to ‘give it a go’.

Like many people with literacy difficulties, Tony Moloney, thought he was the only one. “I thought I was alone and that it was a shameful thing. If I ever had to deal with anything official, it hung over me like a huge fear in case I’d be asked to read,” he says.

However, since attending adult education classes everything has changed. “Going back to education has inspired and empowered me,” says Tony. “I can’t praise the tutors in Youghal enough, they’ve given me the confidence to try anything,” says Tony.

It’s Kevin O’Duffy’s seventh year attending the National Ploughing Championships with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and he knows how difficult it can be for some farmers.  

“The way things have gone there is a form coming through the letter box every second day. The trouble was when I wanted to fill in a form or write a letter. I’d know I’d written it wrong but I didn’t know what the correct way was,” he says.

“I was very nervous crossing the door of the adult education centre. But it also was a huge weight off my shoulders and I’ve never looked back,” he says. “That’s why I’m here, for the seventh year running. I want to tell other people in the farming community who may have problems writing or using the computer that there’s nothing to be worried about – going back to education was the best decision I ever made. Not only did I improve my writing skills but it gave me the confidence to do lots of other things. It’s also great craic as you meet lots of other people in the same boat,” says Kevin.


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