Farmers combine to harvest world record
IF only this was an Olympic event, Ireland would have won a gold medal.
Hundreds of big-hearted farmers took time out from the battle to save their own harvest to raise tens of thousands of euro for charity and set a new world record at the weekend.
Ireland regained the world record for having the largest number of combine harvesters working simultaneously in the one field, as 208 combines harvested a 145-acre field of winter barley at Platin near Drogheda on Saturday.
The event was organised by the group Combines 4 Charity, which had set a previous record with 175 combines on the same site in 2009.
The organisers had to overcome a logistical nightmare as the event was originally scheduled for July 28 but had to be postponed for a week because of the bad weather.
"It was tough going in the damp conditions," said Ian Timmons from Kilberry, Co Meath, who was first to finish in a specially supplied John Deere combine, which is reputed to be the strongest in the world.