It’s off to Of­faly for Kerry’s plough­ing squad

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

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.”

Photo by Don MacMonagle.

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.

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