McGing children with neighbours, at their family home before they came to Meath with the Irish Land Commission. From left: John Collins, Austin McGing (Jr), Peter Collins (possibly), Mary McGing, Anne McGing, Kathleen McGing. c. 1959
The Irish Land Commission, which was responsible for the McGing family’s move from Mayo to Meath in 1960, was originally created in 1881. For a century it was the controversial body responsible for redistributing farmland in Ireland, also known as the ‘redistribution of the wealth’.