Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Lao is in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland.
Country life -- Ireland -- Biography.
Laois (Ireland) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Biography.
Phelan, Tom, 1940-
Phelan, Tom, 1940- -- Childhood and youth.