Stunned winner says tractor prize 'unreal'
The 20 suckler cows on Barry Quinn's farm at Corrakeen, a few miles north of Castleblaney, may get a shock when they see a bright, shiny new CaseIH Farmall tractor roll into their yard next week.
But it is unlikely to be anything like the shock Mr Quinn got himself when he found out that he'd won the €40,500 prize.
"The phone call left me speechless. It was just unreal," admitted Mr Quinn at the announcement of his win at the National Ploughing Championships in Wexford.
Mr Quinn, who bought a Massey Ferguson 135 for €3,000 last year, said that while he had never owned a new tractor, he had certainly dreamed about it. "I put in a couple of entries and thought of the name in bits and pieces when I was out on the land," said the full-time farmer. His winning entry, "the win that shapes the barley", was considered the best entry out of thousands of entries by a panel of 15 judges.
When asked if he would be tempted to sell the tractor, Mr Quinn was adamant that it would be going nowhere once it was delivered to his farm. "It's the perfect size for me. But I'll keep the 135 on too," he grinned.
It is unlikely Mr Quinn's neighbours will be as surprised as Mr Quinn's cows with the new machine's arrival. "All my relations and neighbours know already. In fact, a lot of them came all the way here today to join in the celebrations," said the triumphant Monaghan man.