'Ploughing' returns to fields of Ballyduff

Marisa Reidy

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

Thomas O’Carroll, Tony O’Carroll and Liam, Richard and Christy O’Mahony enjoying the sunshine at the Ballyduff Ploughing Championship.

THE 2014 Kerry ploughing season came to a rather historic end on Sunday, when the newly formed Ballyduff Ploughing Association held its first ploughing competition in over 60 years.

In ideal weather conditions at Dromartin, Ballyduff, scores of supporters flocked to the lands of Tony O'Carroll for the event, which which also attracted an impressive number of entries across eight classes.

Despite having to reschedule on two previous occasions, reviving the Ballyduff meeting after 63 years proved a popular move, with organisers confirming that the fifth match in the season – after Causeway, Ardfert, Abbeydorney and Ballyheigue – is well and truly here to stay.

Newly elected secretary of the Ballyduff association, Thomas O'Carroll, said that the event went off without a hitch and he paid tribute to everyone who came out to support its revival.

He also thanked the ploughmen and women who took part in the fifth and final competition of the season.

"Reviving the Ballyduff meeting was a joint effort by all the associations in Kerry and we couldn't have asked for a better day. It was fantastic.,"

Thomas said afterwards. "We had a great day and we will certainly be making this match a regular one."



1. Nicky Burke (82 points)

2. Richard O'Mahony (72)

3. Thomas O'Carroll (68)


1. Martina Flynn (78)


1. Mikey O'Halloran (85)


1. Cormac O'Connor (82)

2. Michael Donegan (76)


1. Philip Healy (99)

2. Michael P Donegan (96)

3. Derek O'Driscoll (94)

4. John Healy (92)


1. Kieran Harty (79)


1. Patrick Boyle (114)

2. Michael O'Halloran (110)

3. Tommy McCarthy (104)

4. James Donegan (85)


1. Timmy Horan (151)

2. Aeneas Horan (141)

Well done to all involved.


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