First class ploughing at the Healy Farm
MACROOM Ploughing Association held their annual Ploughing Match on Sunday on the lands of the Healy family, Carrigthou, Coachford. It was a beautiful spring like day as the competitors – 52 in all – made their way to this excellent site. All was in place for another wellrun match, thanks to the Healy family for all their assistance to run this event smoothly.
Organisers wish to thank all who competed and did some excellent work, as well as those who dropped in to see what was happening and gave generously at the gate. A special word of thanks also went to all the sponsors, without whose continuous support an event like this could not be run as well as it is year after year. And there were thanks too for the hard-working committee, especially to those who give them a helping hand on the day and the judges who travel long distances to adjudicate and to the steward.
Ploughmen & women and helpers were all invited to Coolcower House that evening for a beautiful meal thnaks to Bernie and the staff as always.
Results were announced later that night to a large attendance.
Presentations were also made to Jeremiah Delaney for his success in the All-Ireland and to club member John O’Riordan and Aine who were married in 2018. Money, trophies and cups were presented to the winners. Two new cups were presented on the night, one in memory of Derry and one in memory of Jerry Cotter.
On a sadder note, a minute’s silence was observed on the field for Derry Coakley who died so tragically in 2018. Fr John blessed the site and also remembered past members of the Macroom Ploughing Family
In Coolcower House that night a minute’s silence was also observed for Derry and the President of the Ploughing Timmy Creedon paid a glowing tribute to Derry for all his hard work for the Ploughing and the wider Macroom Community, much to the delight though tinged with so much sadness of his family who were present. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.