THE judges couldn’t separate Daniel Dwyer, Johnstown and Robert Madigan, Firhouse, Kilkenny in the three furrow, standard reversible class at the Johnstown-Urlingford and Galmoy Ploughing Association’s 29th annual ploughing match on Sunday. They both finished on 98 marks and shared the spoils and the cup.
And despite the clash with the first round of the national hurling league at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, a great crowd turned up for the event and they weren’t disappointed with great ploughing on a magnificent site.
To quote, Kilkenny Ploughing PRO, Sean Ronan: “There was plenty of deep clay and no stones.” Praise indeed from Callan’s master ploughman. In other words, the Duggan brothers land at Bawn, Galmoy was perfect. There were 50 ploughmen in opposition and alas no farmerettes. The judges from Monaghan and Clare were delighted with the standard and now it is all eyes on the Tullogher-Glenmore fixture next week, the last of the five ploughing matches in the county where the team for the All Ireland ploughing championships in New Ross next September will be finalised.
Results: Champions class: 1 Pat Brandon, Ballylinan, Laois 109; 2 Eamon Treacy, Bagenalstown 108; 3 John Treacy, Bagenalstown 107. Senior class: 1 Larry Bergin, Rosegreen, Cashel 102; 2 Pat Furlong, Kilmuckridge, Wexford 101; 3 Tommy Cuddihy, Jenkinstown, Kilkenny.
Under 28 conventional: 1 Thomas Hartley, Glenmore 101; 2 Sean Monaghan 91; 3 John Cotterell, Tullogher 90.
Senior, two furrow reversible: 1 John Whelan, New Ross 125; 2 Joe Slattery, Nenagh 122; 3 Dan Donnelly, Backwater, Wexford 119. Under 28 reversible - Andrew Ireland, Danesfort.
Three furrow standard: 1 Michael Foran, Mooncoin 90; 2 Ned Conway, Tullogher 89; 3 Edward Forristal, Tullogher-Glenmore 82.
Under 21 conventional; 1 Sean Treacy, Bagenalstown 95; 2 Denis Dunne, Kildare 87.
Two furrow vintage mounted: 1 John O’Brien, Cahir 132; 2 Tommy Cullen, Annamult, Bennettsbridge 128; 3 Tommy Kielty, Tullogher 123. Single furrow - Peter McDonald, Mullinavat.
The Tullogher-Glenmore ploughing match will be held on the lands of the Conway family at Smithlands, Tullogher on Sunday. All classes catered for and the public are encouraged to attend.