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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Ploughmen immortalised as stamps show their skill ahead of championships

Godfrey Worrell and his son Darren feature on the new €1 stamp alongside their plough horses, Sally and Larry
Godfrey Worrell and his son Darren feature on the new €1 stamp alongside their plough horses, Sally and Larry
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

With the countdown on to the National Ploughing Championships under way, some of the country's top ploughmen have featured on a new brace of stamps.

Carlow's Eamonn Tracey, who has won seven national ploughing championships in a row, has now been commemorated.

The artists have also captured the old-school ploughing, as they featured Kildare ploughmen Godfrey Worrell and his son Darren with their Irish draught plough horses, Sally and Larry.

"Not too many can say they were on an Irish postage stamp," quipped 45-year-old Mr Tracey, who has also landed two back-to-back world titles.

"Competition is very tough here and when we go to world level we are used to that high standard of competition," he said of Ireland's success on the world stage.

"In all the different classes, there'll be over 320 competitors," he said of the three-day event which kicks off at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Tuesday.

"There'll be three generations of our family in competition - myself, my father John and son Seán (26)," he said.

The championships are expected to attract more than 280,000 people.

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