Saturday 24 February 2018

Queen of Ploughing talks guns, gold-diggers and the greatest show on earth

Ploughing MD Anna May McHugh talks about the Bull McCabe mentality in rural Ireland, writes Niamh Horan

FARMERS’ MARKET: National Ploughing Championships’ Managing director Anna May McHugh at home on the farm with the Sunday Independent’s Niamh Horan. Photo Steve Humphreys
FARMERS’ MARKET: National Ploughing Championships’ Managing director Anna May McHugh at home on the farm with the Sunday Independent’s Niamh Horan. Photo Steve Humphreys
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

You have to watch out for young blondes in rural Ireland. They can spot a wealthy farmer and have only one thing on their mind: money.

It's days before the National Ploughing Championships (NPC) and I am sitting in the dining room of Managing Director Anna May McHugh, sipping tea and eating lemon drizzle cake, while the 83-year-old serves up a cold side-dish of opinion.

"I would never doubt women," she says, taking a sip from her fine bone china. "They could be up to anything. If a poor farmer met a blonde like you, I know very well what he would do. Do you, Steve? Do you?" she says, turning to the photographer for back up.

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