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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Grieving father wins major ploughing title despite loss of son in farm accident

Martin Kehoe, champion ploughman.
Martin Kehoe, champion ploughman.
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World Champion ploughman Martin Kehoe stole the show at the recent Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championship having lost his son Martin Jnr in a tragic farm accident just last month.

The Wexford People reports that dozens of spectators watched as the veteran ploughman, who is a three times world champion and first started competing 50 years ago in 1967 - completed his plot, winning the Conventional Class overall - just over a week after the ploughing community was left shocked by the death of his son Martin Jnr (pictured), aged 33.

Martin Snr had been at the National Ploughing Championships in County Offaly when word of the accident reached him of the tragic accident.

Organisers of the National Ploughing Championships marked the tragedy with a minute's silence at the event.

Farm tragedy: Martin Kehoe Jr. Photo: Frank McGrath
Farm tragedy: Martin Kehoe Jr. Photo: Frank McGrath

At the Northern Ploughing Championships, he came up against around 50 of the North's best ploughmen in Donaghacloney, County Down, as well as several competitors from the Republic, to win his category.

Martin’s son was a hard-working father-of-three and former national ploughing champion and was described as "the best of the best".

The 33-year-old farmer was working at a grain store at the family farm in Foulksmills when he was overcome with fumes.

He won national ploughing titles at U21 and U28 level, as has his brother Willie John who has represented Ireland at world championships on a number of occasions.

Wexford People

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