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Meet the pioneering 83-year-old who took over the running of her 150ac family farm at just 16 in 1959

The year was 1955: John A Costello was Taoiseach, Mass was still being said in Latin and RTÉ was three years away from its first official TV broadcast. In the village of Castledermot, Co Kildare, 16-year-old Norma Cook was about to take on the challenge of her life.

fter her father suffered a sudden debilitating illness, Norma — now 83 — was left to manage their 150ac mixed farm alone. A teenage girl, managing more than a dozen male farm workers in 1950s Ireland — and with the financial future of her entire family on the line — it was a challenge that Norma simply had to meet.

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