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The Loy spade is an early Irish spade with a long heavy handle. It has a narrow steel plate on the face and a single footrest for the left foot. The word loy comes from the Gaelic word laí, meaning spade. It was used for manual ploughing and planting potatoes to the time of the Irish Famine. Here it is being demonstrated by Gerry Mallon form Donegal
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The Loy Spade
The Loy spade is an early Irish spade with a long heavy handle. It has a narrow steel plate on the face and a single footrest for the left foot. The word loy comes from the Gaelic word laí, meaning spade. It was used for manual ploughing and planting potatoes  to the time of the Irish Famine. Here it is being demonstrated by Gerry Mallon form Donegal