West Cork ploughmen receive awards

November 3rd, 2019 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

Jim Grace, Cork West, being presented with the Sheedy Cup, NPA Trophy and gold medal for Intermediate Conventional by NPA president James Sutton and NPA chairman Denis Keohane, Ballinascarthy. (Photo: Alf Harvey)

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A NUMBER of ploughmen from West Cork who won prizes at the recent National Ploughing Championships were presented with their trophies at the prizewinners’ awards banquet in the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co Carlow, attended by over 500 people.

The National Ploughing Association (NPA) managing director, Anna May McHugh, announced that the 89th National Ploughing Championships will return again to the ‘superb site’ in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow, following such a successful event this year.

Speaking after the announcement the NPA managing director Anna May McHugh said: ‘We are delighted to be returning to Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow, as the picturesque site provided all of the key criteria required to qualify it as a brilliant place to stage the National Ploughing Championships.

‘I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Carlow for all of the goodwill and support this year in running the most successful National Ploughing Championships to date with 297,000 visitors and over 1,700 exhibitors.’

Anna May McHugh also congratulated all of the winners who were awarded at the prize-giving ceremony, and commented ‘that all of the hard work and training throughout the year has truly paid off so you should all truly enjoy your triumphs.’

Again, John Whelan from Wexford was the overall National Reversible Ploughing Competition winner and Eamonn Tracey the Conventional Ploughing winner and they will compete in World Ploughing Contest in Russia next year.

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