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Monday 12 November 2018

Huge numbers in Banteer for big ploughing match

Jeremiah Delaney and Humphrey O’Sullivan were busy setting up a plough. Photos by John Tarrant
Jeremiah Delaney and Humphrey O’Sullivan were busy setting up a plough. Photos by John Tarrant
Michael and Orla Hayes from Kilbrin enjoying the well attended event in Banteer.
Orla Hayes from Kilbrin enjoying herself behind the wheel at the Banteer ploughing match.
Danny O'Donoughue, Freemount, makes adjustments to his plough.
Phelim Cotter from Twopothouse hard at work during the Banteer ploughing match.

John Tarrant

The weather proved favourable to allow the gathering of first-rate ploughmen to assemble in big numbers at the recent and hugely successful Banteer Ploughing Match.

From classes for traditional horse-drawn ploughs, to the latest state-of-the-art machinery that can turn over five acres in an hour, all forms of ploughing surfaced in the best of conditions for the 53rd staging of the hugely popular event.

Not for the first time, the organisers came up with an excellent site; the quality of the land, offered by kind permission by Denis Philpott near Kanturk, met with an overwhelming nod of approval.

It all ensured enthusiasts were guaranteed a day to remember. "We're thrilled by the numbers participating, drawn from all over Munster," said spokesperson Michael Twomey. "It all added up to an excellent staging."

Following a long day, those navigating the tractors and ploughs in vintage and horse-drawn varieties retired to join with organisers at a prizegiving.

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