THERE were almost 50 competitors at the first ever Irish Hedgecutting championships in Kilbline, Bennettsbridge on Sunday afternoon. And after a recount, the winner was Peter Byrne from Castledermot, Lindsay Lodge from Dunmore East was second.
Organiser Nigel Whiford explained that a world record was set for the largest number of working hedgecutters in one place ever but there were no officials there from the Guinness Book of Records to record it.
Nigel had his own John Deere articualted tracrtor there and three others, one which was owned by the late Tommy Phelan of Gowran, It is now in the ands of Comerford’s John Deere main dealers in Ballaycallan where Pas Comerford takes great care of it.
The event also included tractor pulling and model displays of vintage engines. The weather was good and the championships attracted a big crowd. Sponsors were: Farm and Industrial Supplies, Kilkenny; Hegarty’s of Tullow and Arbourcut, Waterford.