Ain't no mountain high enough
Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30
County ploughing championships are not for the faint-hearted especially when you have to drive in vertical mode to the second highest ploughing site in the country.
But no bother for the 70 or so competitors ploughing for county glory at 'See-All' - the name given locally to the hilltop lands of Samuel Coleman and Sean Lee at Mountain Lodge near Cootehill - which hosted the 34th year of the Cavan championships last week.
The site, from where locals say you can see five counties on a clear day (but they don't mention the binoculars), is perched way above the Lough Acanon reservoir which stores H2O for the good people of Cavan town.
The site was perfectly presented and marked out, despite having endured a two-day deluge ahead of the meeting. The underfoot conditions, though, were - as they also say in Cavan - "only ogeous".
But, to borrow a line from soul singer Diana Ross, there ain't no mountain high (or wet) enough to stop determined ploughmen in their tracks.
The ploughing field was packed with Masseys and David Browns and some very undistinguished tractor-like contraptions which probably saw their best years during the Emergency. But whether the vehicles were young or old made little difference to the ploughmen and women - who also just happened to be of varied vintage.
The ploughing, across 20ac, was slow given the conditions and could not have been helped by the concentration-sapping whoosh of a nearby clutch of wind turbines.
How the competitors were able to keep their ploughing straight with all the racket in the background one can only imagine. But some did.