Louth hat-trick at Na­tional Plough­ing

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

THE wee county cel­e­brated a hat trick at the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships re­cently, tak­ing home three all Ire­land ti­tles.

In to­tal, there were seven com­peti­tors from Louth bat­tling it out for top prizes in Tul­lam­ore at the na­tional plough­ing cham­pi­onships.

On the first day of com­pe­ti­tion Louth men Pat, Eamon and Enda McKe­own were plough­ing in the con­ven­tional in­ter­me­di­ate class.

An­other lo­cal man, Les­ley Walsh, was com­pet­ing in the ju­nior 3rd fur­row class.

First up were the McKe­own trio who each ploughed re­ally well and placed re­spec­tively. For Les­ley it was his first time com­pet­ing at that level, and he did a great job and he man­aged to fin­ish fourth, just two marks off third place.

On the se­cond day Louth just had one com­peti­tor tak­ing part, this be­ing the well known lo­cal farmer Gerry King.

Gerry holds the record for the most amount of all Ire­land ti­tles.

As the com­pe­ti­tion got un- der­way Gerry showed his skill, hold­ing off the tough op­po­si­tion of Cork on what was one of the wettest plough matches in his­tory.

On the third and fi­nal day Gerry’s son Ger­ard was plough­ing in the spe­cial horse class. Ger­ard, like his dad, has won mul­ti­ple all Ire­land ti­tles.

Ger­ard was up against tough com­pe­ti­tion from around the coun­try but ex­celled in the plough­ing cat­e­gory, beat­ing ri­vals Cork again by four marks.

Also com­pet­ing on the fi­nal day was the Conor Mcke­own. Conor is 17 and grand­son of Pat.

Conor was plough­ing in the in­ter­me­di­ate novice class. He had a run of form com­ing into the all Ire­land, hav­ing won two county matches the week­end be­fore the cham­pi­onships. Conor put in a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance, plough­ing well to hold off Kieran McCon­non from Mon­aghan, and suc­ceed­ing in win­ning his very first all Ire­land ti­tle. This was an ex­tra spe­cial win as it was 50 years on from Pat win­ning one of his many all Ire­land prizes.

Hard at work in the wet.

Gerry King in ac­tion.

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