Plough masters at work at local championships
A TOTAL of 54 competitors took part in the Dublin & Meath Ploughing Championships which took place in excellent conditions at The Rath Farm in Kilsallaghan.
The Irish Ploughing Team 2014 attended the event along with the 2013 World Champion plougher John Whelan from Wexford, who ploughed magnificently over the two days.
John said that 'soil conditions here were very similar to the soil conditions I experienced in Canada last July at the World Ploughing Championships and everything just fell into place nicely for me.'
Dublin Ploughing Chairman John White from Lusk said: 'It was very easy to understand how this man (John) is the best in the world in his sport. The plots ploughed here this weekend by John were exceptional and it is a privilege to witness a master at work.'
Eight times National Senior Champion and World Silver Medallist Eamon Tracey from Carlow had very strong opposition in the Senior Conventional Class on the Saturday and the excellent ground conditions ensured that competition went right down to the wire. Eventually Eamon lost out in a very keenly contested event by a single point to David Gill from Co Down with Matt Duffy from Meath in third spot.
Barry White from Lusk is Dublin champion once again after a great battle with Noel Sutton from The Ward and Jamie Sutton was crowned Under 28 Champion with Cathal White finishing strongly to take the runner up spot.
Organisers were delighted with the turn out and weather conditions over the two days and the appearance of Irish ploughing Team was a real vote of confidence in the event.
Results: Dublin Senior Championship: 1st Barry White, Lusk (98 marks); 2nd Noel Sutton, The Ward (94 marks). Dublin U 28 Championship: 1st Jamie Sutton, The Ward (84 marks); 2nd Cathal White, Lusk (83 marks). Senior Open Championship: David Gill, Down (115 marks); Eamon Tracey, Carlow (114 marks); Matt Duffy, Meath (106 marks). Intermediate Class: Eamon Mc Keown, Louth (107 marks); Gary Grattan, Down (101 marks); Liam Hamilton, Wicklow (100 marks). Senior Horse Class: James Sutton, Dublin (170 marks); Tom Murphy, Louth (158 marks); Donal Anderson, Dublin 152 marks. Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted: Paddy Doyle, Wicklow (151 marks); Eamon White, Dublin (150 marks); James Adair, Antrim (149 marks). Trailer Plough: Neill Scott, Down (171 marks); David Grattan, Down (169 marks), Tommy Pierce, Wicklow (162 marks). Single Furrow Vintage: Bruno Mc Cormack, Meath (166 marks), Eoin Buttle, Dublin (165 marks), Eugene Stephens, Wicklow (146 marks). International Challenge: Scotland V Dublin (Fingal) Sean Boland & Joe Flood, Fingal (244 marks), John Waugh & Bill Parker, Scotland (232 marks).