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Before the coming into being of Wyndeham’s Land Act in the early 20th century it was common for farms to be let to Dairymen. The Dairyman would pay a fixed amount per cow and would have the use of the herd together with land to grow potatoes and corn. In this case the land was rented by the Philips family from the Earl of Bandon and comprised part of their holding. John Sullivan had been a dairyman in other locations in the area.

Dairy Agreement for Rusheeeninaska, Durrus, Phillips:Sullivan 18th January 1897.