Can Madigan unseat the Ireland men?

AFTER two of the five ploughing matches in County Kilkrnny there is a three way tie at the top of the senior reversible ploughing section. The three warriors involved include brothers Gary and Brian Ireland from Danesfort and Tom Madigan of Firhouse, Kilkenny. Only two can go through to the All Ireland in September at New Ross and so all eyes will be on the Gowran match in Dunbell on Sunday to see if the slightly older Madigan can dethrone the younger Irelands.

AFTER two of the five ploughing matches in County Kilkrnny there is a three way tie at the top of the senior reversible ploughing section. The three warriors involved include brothers Gary and Brian Ireland from Danesfort and Tom Madigan of Firhouse, Kilkenny. Only two can go through to the All Ireland in September at New Ross and so all eyes will be on the Gowran match in Dunbell on Sunday to see if the slightly older Madigan can dethrone the younger Irelands.

There were a huge number of ploughmen (no female competitors) at the Mooncoin Ploughing Match on Sunday. The site was perfect and congratulations must got to the O’Keeffe family for providing world class conditions at Rathcurby, Mooncoin. Even though, there was a lot of rain in the area on Saturday, the stubble site was remarkably dry the following day for competition.

Results: Senior conventional - Willie Ryan, Tullogher 109; 2 Maurice Walsh. Waterford 105; 3 Thomas Cuddihy, Jenkinstown 103; 4 Larry Bergin, Cashel 97.

Under 28 conventional - Thomas Hartley, Glenmore 103; John Cotterell, Glenmore 100. Under 21 conventional - Thomas Cullen, Wexford 98; 2 Tony McGrath, Tullogher 97; 3 Willie Kehoe, Wexford 88.

Senior, two furrow reversible - 1 Gary Ireland, Danesfort 115; 2 Tom Madigan, Firhouse, Kilkenny 113; 3 Brian Ireland, Danesfort 109.

Under 28, two furrow reversible - 1 Eric Wickham, Wexford; 2 Andrew Ireland, Danesfort.

Three furrow standard reversible - 1 Daniel O’Dwyer, Johnstown 84; 2 Robert Madigan, Firhouse 77.

Three furrow match class - 1 James Prendeergast, Ardmore, Waterford. Three furrow standard - 1 Michael Foran, Mooncoin 91; 2 Edward Forristal, Tullogher 89; 3 Ned Conway, Tullogher 83.

Vintage, two furrow mounted - 1 David Murphy, Wexford 152; 2 Bill Murphy, Wexford 146.

Vintage trailer - 1 Jim Rochford, Wexford 148; 2 Willie Murphy, Wexford 146.

Single furrow - Trevor Fleming, Conna, Co Cork 150; 2 Oliver Power, Waterford 143.

On Sunday, Gowran Plough match will be held on the picturesque lands of Jim and Alice O’Neill, Abbeygrove Farm, Dunbell. All are welcome and proceedings start at 11.30am. All classes catered for in an all stubble match.

Race night in Johnstown

Johnstown-Galmoy-Urlingford Ploughing Association are holding a race night in Delaney’s Bar, Barna on Saturday. February 18.