THE 2013 ploughing season got off to a late start over the weekend. The first match was on the Kilkenny calendar was at Mooncoin on Saturday with around 40 competitors.
The senior reversible section was won by Brian Ireland from Danesfort. The current All Ireland champion was in tremendous form and was also successful on the following day at the Johnstown Ploughing Championships. There were around 40 competitors on each day and the dry weather of the last week ensured a good sod at each site and there’s more ploughing this weekend with the Gowran match on Friday at noon on a site just below the GAA pitch in the village and on Sunday, the Tullogher-Glenmore match will be held at Shanbough, just outside New Ross.
Mooncoin ploughing match on Saturday: Senior conventional 1 Thomas Hartley, Tullogher-Glenmore; 2 Cathal Brady, Gowran; 3 John Cotterell, Tullogher. Under 28 conventional: 1 John Doody, Mooncoin 2 Michael Foran, Mooncoin.
Under 21 conventional; 1 Peter McGrath. Three furrow standard: 1 Ned Conway. Tullogher-Glenmore; 2 Ed Forristal, Tullogher-Glenmore.
Senior reversible: 1 Brian Ireland, Danesfort; 2 Tom Madigan, Firhouse; 3 Garry Ireland, Danesfort.
Under 28 reversible: 1 Daniel Dwyer, Johnstown.
Vintage hydraulic; 1 Tommy Cullen, Danesfort; 2 Philip Murphy, Wexford; 3 John Walsh, Wexford.
Vintage trailer: Willie Murphy, Wexford. Single furrow vintage: 1 Trevor Fleming, Cork.
Johnstown ploughing match was held on a great site owned by Andrew Fletcher. Champions class: 1 Eamon Treacy, Carlow 109; 2 Thomas Hartley, Tullogher-Glenmore 107. Senior class; 1 Pat Brandon, Laois 107; joint 2 Tommy Cuddihy, Johnstown and Larry Bergin, Tipperary 105. Under 28 conventional: 1 Sean Monaghan, Longford 104; 2 John Doody, Mooncoin 103; 3 Benny Grennan, Laois 99.
Under 21: 1 Lorcan Bergin, Tipperary 92; 2 Dominic Dunne 91; 3 Davis Lawlor, Laois 86. Senior reversible: 1 Brian Ireland, Danesfort 123; 2 Patsy Condon, Ballylinan 118; 3 Garry Ireland, Danesfort 116.
Under 28 reversible: 1 Daniel Dwyer, Johnstown 98. Three furrow standard: 1 Ned Conway, Tullogher-Glenmore 85; 2 Edward Forristal, Tullogher-Glenmore 83; 3 James Maher, Tipperary 81. Vintage hydraulic: 1 Tommy Cullen, Danesfort 145; 2 Tommy Kielty, Tullogher-Glenmore 141. Single furrow: 1 Peter McDonald, Tullogher-Glenmore 134.