I LIVE at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Clonaslee village with wife Imelda and daughters Danielle, a vet, and Louise, a member of An Garda Síochána, stationed in Naas.

The Cusack family came to Clonaslee in the late 1800s from Wicklow to work in Brittas Castle. Albeit there was farming on both sides of my family, I didn’t grow up with horses but have fond memories of sitting on our late neighbours Ned Troy and Jack Blake’s horses when they were working in the hayfields.