Many will be familiar with the television series, The Good Life, about a couple intent on living off the land. A family in South Kilkenny is doing exactly that while also home schooling five of their seven children and they have gone a long way to becoming self sufficient.
Pat and Breda Power of Gortrush, Piltown have their own pigs, chickens, ducks and goats and grow their own vegetables.
Born Again Christians they got tired of what they felt were Godless schools where there claim a socialist curriculum exists and decided to take their children out of school well over a year ago. Each day from 9 to 11.30am they teach their children and it is working well.
Their eldest child, Chelsea will do her Leaving Cert next year and already knows what she wants to do, baking and cooking.
Next is David (12) who has his own egg round around Fiddown and was sold out of his organic spuds which he grew himself.
Also helping out is Naomi (11), Abbey (11) and Samuel (4). The powers also have two little ones who haven’t started yet, Bethany (3) and Simon (1). One thing is for sure the Powers are a happy lot and the children are really, really content.
Pat Power admits that most people don’t get what they are doing. He said that a few years ago they encountered two Born Again Christian families home schooling their children and,at first, thought it was crazy.
After a while Pat and Breda began to see the benefits and were won over by the system.”We found they the children were well educated, well grounded,” he said. He and Breda are delighted to have followed suit. Pat thanked two other home schooling parents, Alice Muk and Denise Fitzgerald for all their help insetting up the home schooling operation at Gortrush.