SOME of the county's best ploughers can count on massive support when they contest the All-Ireland Ploughing Championship next week.
There's massive interest behind the Kerry team as they prepare to compete for the Kingdom in the famous competition in New Ross, Wexford.
Ballyheigue men Kieran Harty, Mikey O'Halloran, Thomas Healy, Derek O'Driscoll and Philip Healy, Abbeydorney man Tommy McCarthy, Causeway competitors Cormac O'Connor, Patrick Boyle, Michael P Donegan, Martina Flynn and Christoper Barrett, Castleisland man Aeneas Horan and Tralee man Moss Trant will compete over the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the event, September 25 to 27.
Chairperson of the Kerry Ploughing Association and Kerry director of the National Ploughing Association Thomas Healy wished all his fellow competitors the best this week at a gettogether at the Forge in Abbeydorney.
Kerry PRO Tom O'Mahony described the team as hugely experienced. Thomas Healy, Aeneas Horan, Derek O'Driscoll and Philip Healy have all won All-Ireland medals in the past as the veterans of the team. Mikey O'Halloran, meanwhile, is new to the competition but comes to it having learned under his father Michael O'Halloran - a three-time All-Ireland winner.
"There's massive experience between all of them and it would be absolutely fantastic if another title was brought home to Kerry," Tom said. "We wish them the very best and would just like to thank Kerry Group for their generous subsidy towards the transportation of tractors and ploughs to the events," he added. Kerry has 38 All-Ireland titles since the competition began in 1931.