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The Loy Spade: An Ancient Irish Tool

Photo by Adobe Stock/GregoryUse of the Irish foot plough called a loy nearly died out in the 1980s, after centuries of farmers and gardeners using it to dig neat furrows all over the island. From the Irish laí, meaning “spade,” the loy’s fall from grace had been a long time coming: In the mid-18th century, the familiar broad-bladed ...

Caitlin Wilson

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