BLESSED with the third fine Sunday in a row, the Cork West ploughing season continued last weekend when Clonakilty Ploughing Association held their 35th annual match on the lands of the Twomey family at Beanhill, Shannonvale.
The site is sheltered and low-lying and, with the sun beaming down, the ploughmen enjoyed almost summer-like conditions. There was a large turnout of 44 competitors, including two first-time competitors, namely Jonathan Twomey and Pascal Coughlan.
The land was in stubble and in continuous tillage for a number of years, yet the sod held together quite well and gave many excellent banks of ploughing.
The judges were Co Laois men Patsy Condron, DJ McHugh, Jim Green and Pat Cooney.
Senior Tractor: 1st Barry O’Sullivan, 2nd Jim Grace, 3rd John Murphy, 4th John A O’Donovan, 5th/6th tie between Stanley Deane and Kevin O’Driscoll.
Under 28: 1st Kieran Coakley, 2nd Gerard Kirby, 3rd David Walsh.
Under 21: 1st James O’Sullivan, 2nd Aidan O’Donovan, 3rd Ian O’Farrell, 4th Andrew O’Donovan.
Intermediate: 1st DJ Keohane, 2nd Jimmy Nyhan, 3rd Geoffrey Wycherly, 4th Jackie Driscoll
Trailer Vintage: 1st John Wolfe, 2nd Michael Bennett.
Open Hydraulic Vintage: 1st John O’Neill, 2nd Michael Walsh, 3/4th tie Mike Coomey and Maurice Sheehy, 5th Denis Cummins.
Confined Hydraulic Vintage: 1st Cian Ryan, 2nd Pascal Coughlan, 3rd Ite Wiserman.
Single Furrow: 1st Gordon Jennings.
3 Furrow: 1st Matthew Coakley, 2nd John Keohane, 3rd Kevin Riordan.
Horse Class: 1st John O’Donovan.
Open Reversible: 1st Ger Coakley, 2nd Liam O’Driscoll, 3rd Michael Wycherly.
Standard Reversible: 1st Dan Hurley, 2nd Padraig Walsh, 3rd Jerry Creedon, 4th Timothy Lawlor.
Beginners Reversible: 1st Jonathan Twomey.
Macra Class: 1st Cian Harrington.
Upcoming fixture: Kilmeen on Sunday next, January 22nd.