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Thursday 21 September 2017

Irish ploughmen take Gold and Silver at the World Ploughing Contest

Defending champion Eamonn Tracey secured the title of 'World Champion Ploughman' for another year

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Ireland's representatives secured first and second place at the World Ploughing Championship in Vestbo, Denmark yesterday.

Seasoned ploughmen Eamonn Tracey and John Whelan won in the Conventional and Reversible Ploughing classes, having been selected to represent Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships.

NPA Managing Director (and Queen of the Plough) Anna May McHugh said that the win was "fantastic" for both the men "and Irish Ploughing as a whole".

"Since winning the Nationals last year to qualify to compete in the World Ploughing Contest, the men have been working extremely hard preparing and now all their efforts have paid off. They have made their country extremely proud, congratulations and a very well done to them both and all of their families".

Carlow man Eamonn Tracey defended his title as the World Champion Ploughman in the Conventional Class, while Wexford man John Whelan came home with a silver medal in the Reversible Class. The Irish team was sponsored by Kverneland.

Tracey won bronze on the world stage in 2013, before going on to become the World Champion in 2014.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Eamonn Tracey from Carlow, the current world champion in the senior tractor class, at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, yesterday
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Eamonn Tracey from Carlow, the current world champion in the senior tractor class, at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, yesterday

Speaking to the World Champion Ploughman Eamonn Tracey at the Ploughing Championships, he told Independent.ie that ploughing as a sport is not done for financial gain. "There's no cash prize.. it's just about the sport. It's like any sport, once you're in, you're in!"

"They look after us, it's not out of our own pocket... but there's no money in it!", he laughed.

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The General Secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation said that Ireland has "always been highly respected in terms of producing ploughmen to compete on the world stage".

"Eamonn and John are held in particularly high esteem not only in Ireland but across the international ploughing community".

"Given the high level of competition here in Denmark throughout the contest, this is another great result for both men and further enhances their reputation as Masters in their field".

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