BY BRIAN MOORE
COURTMAC dairy farmer, Harold Kingston, is tweeting up a storm as he took control of the Twitter Ireland account this week.
Harold, who has almost 4,000 followers on Twitter, is an avid user of social media where he shares his everyday life as a farmer in West Cork.
‘I try to explain farming to the non farming public,’ Harold said. I’m keeping it as light-hearted as possible and I hope that I can show what farming in Ireland is all about.’
Harold joined the Twitter community back in 2007 and has been actively sharing his passion for farming ever since. Using the Twitter Ireland account, Harold has shared his farming life with everything from videos of a newly-born calf, to the early morning dawn chorus as he brings the cows in for milking, to spreading slurry or alerting the rest of the country to the arrival of the first swallows.
However, it is in Harold’s humorous videos where he outlines the contents of every farmers’ toolbox that was a surprise to many as the box contained nothing but hammers of different sizes and weights.
‘I really enjoy Twitter and I am delighted with the opportunity to take over the Twitter Ireland account for the week,’ Harold said. Twitter, for me, is an instant source of information and a great way to reach out to fellow farmers.’
Harold is a former chair of the IFA’s Environment Committee and was delighted when he was chosen to take charge of the Twitter Ireland page, which has a following of over 49,000 people.
‘I hope to use this time to dispel some of the false information that’s out there in relation to the farming industry and the environment and to promote the incredible scenery we have here in West Cork.’