Heavy rain forces cancellation of Ballyheigue ploughing
JANUARY 20 this week is labelled 'Blue Monday', officially the most depressing day in the year following months of dark, cold weather and after the high of Christmas.
In Ballyheigue however, Sunday would have been a far better candidate for that moniker as the Kerry coast was visited by heavy rain that forced the cancellation of the local ploughing match.
The conditions marked the continuation of an extraordinary run of poor Sundays since the start of November.
"We were disappointed, but there's not much can be done as the ground had become so water-logged," Ballyheigue Ploughing secretary JP Corridan told The Kerryman.
"We're now looking to postpone it until February 23... and will confirm that date at a later stage."
The Ballyheigue ploughing match was to have been held on the lands of Michael and Derek Driscoll in Castleshannon in what would have been the first event of the season in north Kerry.
But the ground became so sodden that any incursion would have ruined the land so organisers decided to call off the event. Abbeydorney ploughing will now open the ploughing match season next weekend.
Don Nolan of Liscahane Nursery and Garden Centre in Ardfert, which maintains an official Met Eireann weather station, said the rainy conditions were remarkable for occuring on so many Sundays.
"We've had an extraordinary run of poor Sundays since last August, but they've been exceptionally bad since November 1," he said.
Blue Monday, meanwhile, ony lived up to its name, in weather terms, by affording the people of Kerry a glimpse of the sky as the clouds parted.