THE annual general meeting of Cork West Ploughing Association was held at Kilbrittain Community Centre recently, hosted by the Kilbrittain club.
A wide-ranging discussion took place on the past ploughing season and on the recent All Ireland ploughing. Great satisfaction was expressed at how well the Cork West team had done at the All-Ireland Championships at Screggan, Tullamore.
The meeting was addressed by Denis Keohane, chairman of the National Ploughing Association, who thanked the many stewards from West Cork Ploughing that gave freely of their time over the three days of the ploughing matches.
The following officers were elected for the coming year: president Dan Joe O’Driscoll, chairman Kieran Keohane, vice-chairman Con McCarthy, secretary Michael Walsh, treasurer John Hurley, PRO Richard White.
Ploughing fixtures for the coming season of 2018 are January 7th – Macroom, January 14th – Bandon, January 21st – Clonakilty, January 28th – Kilmeen, February 4th – Cahermore, February 11th – Kilbrittain, February 18th – Clogagh, February 25th – Timoleague (county final).
Cork West Ploughing Association recently held a novice match at Dessert, Enniskeane on the lands of Tadgh and Eileen O’Driscoll by kind permission.
The judges from Tipperary – Eddie Halley and John O’Brien – were very impressed with the standard of ploughing for a novice match.
Results: 1st Ellen Nyhan, 2nd Ian O’Farrell, 3rd Niall O’Driscoll, 4th Denis Cooper.
As a result, Ellen Nyhan was the first member of the Cork West Ploughing team selected for next year’s All-Ireland at Screggan, Tullamore.
Ellen, who is a member of the Kilbrittain club, is a daughter of Jimmy and Rose Nyhan and comes from a family of strong ploughing tradition. Meanwhile, the Irish ploughing team recently took part at the World Ploughing held in Kenya, Africa. John Whelan of Wexford took first place and won the gold medal in the reversible class and Eamon Treacy of Carlow took second place and a silver medal in the two-furrow conventional class.