Sunday 17 December 2017

Walking the earthy furrows of Ireland past and present

Liam Collins took an eye-opening trip to Co Offaly for the National Ploughing Championships

Of the Earth: Liam Collins with Shire horses Ned and Ted at the National Ploughing Championships. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Of the Earth: Liam Collins with Shire horses Ned and Ted at the National Ploughing Championships. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

The sheep weren't the only ones getting fleeced at the Ploughing, as we veterans call it. Gourmet burgers, steak dinners, a €6 bag of chips - and the heaving masses couldn't get enough of the D4 prices in a big muddy field in the middle of Offaly.

The tents and stands were packed with hungry customers, farmers mad to hand over a chunk of the Brussels 'cheque in the post' for all kinds of delicacies and bottled water at €2 a shot.

But sure ploughing is hungry and thirsty work.

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