Noel Cummins, Rathcoffey, and Derek Kelly, Carbury. Photo: Tony Keane
Derek Kelly took the title of Kildare Ploughing Champion at Newtown Lane, Milltown on Saturday, February 13.
The weather on the day was excellent, despite a few showers on Friday, we were blessed on the day with blue skies, dry weather and good soil conditions.
This year’s competition saw a similar number of people as other years attending to compete in all 14 classes. 39 competitors turned out representing counties Kildare, Dublin, Meath, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Louth, Laois and Carlow. The high attendance of competitors in all classes gave a good variety of skills to see on the day. The spectators had an excellent day out as there was a pairs of horses present along with iron horses, vintage ploughing, conventional and reversible ploughing.
The match was held on the lands of Donal Gorry, Milltown. The ploughing was judged by six superb judges, Michael Mahon, Offaly; Liam White, Offaly; Pat McKeown, Louth; Hugh O’ Reilly, Louth; Lennie Mathews, Offaly and Kevin Bracken, Offaly.
The Match was held under strict NPA rules and was well stewarded on the day. We were provided with excellent service and a hot meal by Sarfields GAA, Newbridge, before the presentation of cups and prizes, which was greatly appreciated by all competitors and helpers after a hard days work.
In the Senior class Eamon Tracy beat last year’s winner Matt Duffy, who came Third. The match results are as follows:
Senior Open – 1st Eamon Tracy, 2nd Pat Brandon, 3rd Christy Carton.
2nd Senior – 1st Padraig Brandon, 2nd Enda McKeown, 3rd Eamon McKeown
Kildare Championship – 1st Derek Kelly, 2nd Michael Kehoe , 3rd Fergal Byrne
Under 28 – 1st Sean Tracey, 2nd David Owen
Macra – 1st Darragh Barron
Farmerette – 1st Maria Dunne
¾ Furrow – 1st Kieran Dunne
Vintage Trailed – 1st Peter Duffy , 2nd Bobby Owen, 3rd David Gratton
Vintage Mounted – 1st Oliver Smith, 2nd Gerry Byrne, 3rd Ray Clancy
Single Furrow – 1st Bruno McCormack 2nd Jimmy Pender
Horses – 1st Joe Egan
Iron Horses – 1st Gavin Duffy, 2nd Richard Duffy, 3rd J.J. Farrell
Senior Reversible – 1st Carl Davis 125
Under 28 Reversible – 1st Cormac Duggan
Kildare Ploughing would like to thank everybody who came to take part and to watch and a special thanks to our great sponsors and all who helped with the successful running of the County match this year.
Best of luck to all the competitors who qualified on Saturday to represent Kildare in this years All Ireland Ploughing Championships in Offaly in September 2016.
– report courtesy of Denis Dunne