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The Limerick man who keeps the Ploughing taps flowing


P.J. Dore has managed the Ploughing water supply for the past ten years.

P.J. Dore has managed the Ploughing water supply for the past ten years.

P.J. Dore has managed the Ploughing water supply for the past ten years.

Ever wonder who sorts out the water supply for an event on the scale of the Ploughing Championships?

For the last 20 years, Limerick man PJ Dore has been charged with that responsibility.

"The first time we worked at the Ploughing Championships was back in the early 1990s when they were held in Crecora (Co Limerick), and we have been working at them ever since," said Mr Dore.

Every August, the Pallaskenry man arrives at the Ploughing Championships site to begin the arduous task of connecting the supply that will see some 50,000 gallons of water being circulated daily.

"When they moved to Ratheniska in 2013 we had to bore two wells which was a massive undertaking, but this year the supply is now already there so it will be a little more straight-forward," he said.

"I have been here since mid-August and during the event itself I will bring in some extra staff to ensure the smooth running of the supply that will be used mainly for the cattle, catering blocks, and also the toilets."


An electrician by trade, PJ has also specialised in pumps and irrigation systems since the mid 1980s.

While the Ploughing Championships signal a hectic few weeks for the company, the installation of irrigation systems in several racecourses and GAA stadiums have added another dimension to the business.

In recent weeks, Leopardstown Racecourse has joined the growing list of tracks which have upgraded their watering system with the purchase of two new Briggs Racecourse Irrigators.

Each boom measures 18m and can water the course in just six hours, with a fully-automatic diesel-powered pump capable of pumping over 100m3 per hour. The same system also works for crop irrigation.

The entire process was overseen by PJ, who has also upgraded track watering systems at Galway, Bellewstown and Ballinrobe racecourses.

Commenting on the advanced technology which replaces a sprinkler system at Leopardstown, racecourse and operations manager Nessa Joyce said:

"The new watering system will provide a better racing surface for the safety of horses and riders, and this helps maximise jockey performance throughout our summer racing.


"The precise application also allows us to inform the racing industry of the amount of water applied to the track which also provides confidence in reports on what 'the going' is actually like."

As farming techniques move forward, the demand for the Briggs dirty water system is on the increase, and PJ is now installing systems in farms almost weekly.

"The award-winning Roto Rainers provide an efficient, low-cost method of disposing thin slurry and dirty water," he said. "Application rates of 5mm or less can be achieved with all models to fit in with dirty water disposal guidelines.

"A choice of slurry pump sets is available for the whole range of Roto Rainers, ensuring the slurry pump can be sized correctly for each site."

More information on the company's full range of services is available on or telephone 087-2554794.

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