GREAT ploughing on a fantastic site made Sunday one of the most memorable of all Gowran Ploughing Matches. And afterwards there was a carnival atmosphere in Connolly’s of Dunbell where an excellent meal was laid on by hosts, Jim and Theresa Connolly.
And the president of the National Ploughing Association was caught up in the excitement. james Sutton from Dublin spoke gloweingly of the site owned by Jim and Alive O’Neill at Grove, Dunbell and of the excellent manner in which the event was organised. It attracted 55 plough men from all over the South East, Tipperary and Cork.
Results: Senior two furrow: 1 John Treacy, Garryhill, Bagenalstown 107; his son Eamon from Corries, Bagenalstown was second with 103; 3 Willie Ryan, Tullogher 101; 4 Cathal Brady, Gowran 100. Under 28, two furrow: 1 John Cotterell, Tullogher 92; 2 Thomas Hartley, Glenmore 91.
Under 21 two furrow: 1 Tony McGrath, Mooncoin 106; 2 Mark Walsh, Tullogher 100; 3 William Kehoe 99. Three furrow standard: 1 Edward Forristal, Tullogher 77; 2 Ned Conway, Tullogher 75; 3 Liam Cassin, Maddoxtown 73.
Single furrow vintage: 1 Oliver Power, Waterford 149; 2 Peter McDonald, Mullinavat 139. Two furrow mounted vintage: 1 John O’Brien, Cahir 150; 2 John Somers, Wexford 145; 3 Paddy Doyle, Wicklow 144.
Senior reversible, John Whelan, Gussserane, New Ross; 2 Brian Ireland, Danesfort 112; 3 Garry Ireland, Danesfort 110.
Three furrow standard reversible: 1 Robert Madigan, Firhouse 96; 2 Daniel Dwyer, Johnstown 89.
Johnstown-Urlingford-Galmoy match on Sunday, February 26 at Bawn, Johnstown on land owned by the Duggan brothers.