Limerick men get ready for National Ploughing Championships

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

LIMERICK had its best ever National Ploughing Championships last year and they are going for more glory next week in Heathpark, New Ross, Wexford.

LIMERICK had its best ever National Ploughing Championships last year and they are going for more glory next week in Heathpark, New Ross, Wexford.

John Molyneaux, Dromcollogher won the junior two furrow class last year and Colin Ruttle, Ballingrane, Askeaton, narrowly missed out on winning his reversible class.

In 2010, Michael John Dillane, Milford won the under 28 class and all three men will be competing again next week.

They will be joined by four other county ploughers and Limerick Ploughing Association PRO, Ger Downey, says it is a very strong team.

“We’ve had two wins in two successive years and we’re hoping for another win to make it third time lucky. They are excellent ploughers and they are sure to do their county proud,” said Mr Downey.

On Tuesday, Pat O’Riordan, Rathkeale goes in the three furrow match plough class; Michael John Dillane, Milford in the under 28 class; John Molyneaux, Dromcollogher in the intermediate class; Pakie Moloney, Pallaskenry in the intermediate reversible class

On Wednesday, Colin Ruttle, Ballingrane goes in the senior reversible class, while Owen O’ullivan, Broadford and Garry O’Riordan, Rathkeale go in the junior class.

Mr Molyneaux has been competing in the ploughing since 1989 so has over 20 years of experience.

“There is a good bit of luck involved, everything has to go right on the day and there is a bit of skill too,” said the modest dairy farmer.

He says if you get a good plot of ground and when everything goes in your favour you would hope to be there or thereabouts.

“When you go up to an All-Ireland you’d be hoping to get in to the top five or six and that would be going well,” said Mr Molyneaux.

Big crowds always travel from Limerick and of course well known Maurice McEnery, Kilfinny is a vice-president.

From Tuesday, September 25 to Thursday, September 27 an estimated 190,000 visitors will travel to Wexford for the National Ploughing Championships.

Despite its title it’s no longer just for ploughing or machinery enthusiasts.

The modern event now features something for just about every member of the community.

These include a tented trade village, food fair, craft village, livestock, forestry, education, lifestyle, motor show, financial services, bio energy and agri service.

Along with these there are many entertainment and special events including fashion shows, celebrity guests, sheep dog trials, All-Ireland lamb shearing, most appropriately dressed lady and gentleman competitions, craft demonstrations, celebrity cookery demonstrations and much more.