It’s off to Offaly for Kerry’s ploughing squad
KERRY will send a team of 17 men and one woman to compete in the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Offaly next week – and Kerry Ploughing Championship PRO Tom O’Mahony said the squad hopes to bring titles home to the Kingdom after the threeday event.
Since the championships began back in 1931, 25 champions have accrued 43 All-Ireland titles for Kerry.
This year’s cohort includes four All-Ireland winners – Tommy McCarthy, Philip Healy, and three-time champions Michael O’Halloran and Aenas Horan – and the panel is made up of representatives from Abbeydorney, Ardfert, Ballyheigue, Castleisland, Causeway, Killarney, and Tralee.
“Our competitors will compete across 14 different classes,” Tom O’Mahony explained. “This is a busy time of the year on the farm for them, but they’ve been trying to get practice in whenever possible.
“They got a good practice run at the South Kerry Ploughing Championships at the start of the month, and they’ll all go to Offaly in the hope of winning Kerry’s first All-Ireland titles since 2015.”
It’s a big task to even get to Offaly; Tom told The Kerryman that Kerry Group subsidises the transport of tractors and ploughs to the competition annually, a generous support the local association is most grateful of.
“We thank them most sincerely, and it’s a load off our competitors’ minds. Now all we need to do is wish them luck.”
At the launch of ‘The Mussel House’, on the ‘Taste the Atlantic- a Seafood Journey’ trail in Kilmackilogue. FRONT: Jim O’Toole, and Derry Murphy. BACK: Carl and Angela Daly and Pauline Sullivan.