Third time lucky as ploughing goes ahead
IT was a case of third time's a charm for the ploughing fraternity in Ardfert at the weekend, as the local ploughing match finally went ahead at the third time of asking.
Having been forced to cancel the event on two previous occasions due to persistent bad weather, conditions were perfect on Sunday last resulting in a hugely successful event.
The exceptional lands of Michael McCarthy hosted Sunday's competition, where ploughmen and women from across north Kerry came out in force to take part in nine categories throughout the afternoon.
"It was our third attempt but thankfully conditions were perfect and the land was ideal so we had a great event," said secretary of the Ardfert committee, Brendan Blackwell.
Tralee man Moss Trant took honours on Sunday in the horse class with a total of 150 points, while Castleisland's Timmy Horan won the vintage section on 141 points.
In the ladies competition Causeway's Martina Flynn took the number one spot, while the winner in the three furrow category was Kieran Harty. Other results on the day included the senior tractor competition which was won by Derek O'Driscoll, followed y Michael Donegan, John Healy and Philip Healy.
Cormac O'Connor took the U28 title, with Michael Donegan in second, while the youth category was won y Mikey O'Halloran, with Christopher Barrett coming in second.
In the Macra category, the winner was Richard O'Mahony, followed by Nicky Burke in second and Thomas Carroll in third, while the final category, the reversible, was won by Abbeydorney's Tommy McCarthy, with Patrick Boyle in second and Michael O'Halloran in third.
The action moves to Ballyheigue this Sunday, March 23, when the local club holds the county championships at the lands of the O'Drisolls in Castleshannon.
The event gets underway there at 12 noon and anyone planning to take part is asked to contact club secretary JP Corridon (087 3560407) by this Thursday.