Kerry ploughers prepare to take on rest of the country at national championships

Eighteen Kerry farmers are preparing to take on their counterparts from across the country as the National Ploughing Championships get underway in Fenagh, Co Carlow from September 17 to 19 next.

There, the 18 will be hoping to do the county's tradition of success at national final level proud as they contest 14 separate classes.

They will be among the hundreds travelling from Kerry for the massive event.

On Tuesday, September 17, Colm Dineen will contest the 3 Furrow Conventional Senior Plough Class; Michael J Donegan will compete in the u-28 Conventional Junior class; Michael P Donegan in the Intermediate Conventional class; Michael O'Halloran, Tommy McCarthy and Patrick Boyle in the Intermediate Reversible Plough Class; Jonathan Trant in the u-40 horse plough class and Aeneas Horan in the Vintage 2 Furrow Trailer Plough Class.

Wednesday, September 18, will see the following in competition in Fenagh: Martina Flynn in the Farmerette Conventional Plough Class; Richard O'Mahony in the Marcra 2 Furrow Conventional Plough Class; Michael Brosnan in the Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted Plough Class and Maurice Trant in the Senior Horse Plough Class.

The Kerry ploughers competing on the final day then are Derek O'Driscoll and Philip Healy in the Junior Conventional Plough Class; Maurice Trant in the Special Horse Plough Class; Daniel Burke in the Novice Conventional 2 Furrow Junior Plough Class and Donal Tydings and Pat Walsh in the Loy Digging competition.

"The Kerry Ploughing Association would like to thank most sincerely the generous sponsorship from our sponsor for the all the local ploughing matches and especially the Kerry Group for subsiding the transport of tractors and ploughs to and from the Ploughing Championships each year," Kerry Ploughing Association committee member Tom O'Mahony told The Kerryman.

Mr O'Mahony was also able to reveal details of the coming fixtures in the Kerry ploughing season.

The County Championship match - which rotates between all ploughing locations each year - will mark the opening of the season, held in Causeway on September 29 next.

The Abbeydorney Ploughing match will be held on October 6; with Ballyheigue on October 20; Ardfert on October 27; Ballyduff on November 3; Killarney on November 17.

The action returns to Causeway on November 24 for the Novice Ploughing Match in another great day out for competitors and fans of the spectacle.