Milestones in the history of the National ploughing championships
Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00
1931 The first inter-county ploughing contest is held in Co Kildare on February 16 and the National Ploughing Association is born.
1933 The Department of Agriculture issues grants to county ploughing committees for entry to the Ploughing Championships.
1942 The first tractor ploughing class is introduced.
1948 New inventions, the Rotary Hoe, Clifford Rotary Cultivator, Howard Rotavator, Disc Plough, the One-way Plough and the Gang Disc Harrow are exhibited for the first time.
1952JJ Bergin represents the Ireland at a meeting of the World Ploughing Organisation and is made WPO vice president.
1954 A new ploughing competition is introduced for women. The 'Farmerette' class is opened to girls and single, married or widowed women. The winner becomes 'Queen of the Plough'.
1956 A new marriage incentive is introduced. The 'Queen of the Plough' is given £100 if she is unmarried and not over 25 on the morning of her wedding.
1958 JJ Bergin, founder of the NPA, passes away, leaving a thriving national ploughing event as his legacy.