‘Honoured’ to plough on home soil

Members of the Laois Ploughing team with sponsor Billy Shaw, W.R. Shaw, Rosenallis at the official Media Launch of The 82nd National Ploughing Championships on the site in Ratheniska, Co Laois, 4 September 2013. Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie no reproduction fee, supplied from NPA.
The 13 men and one woman that makes up the Laois Ploughing team will be hoping that home advantage will help them secure a few titles at this year’s All Ireland Ploughing Championships.

The 13 men and one woman that makes up the Laois Ploughing team will be hoping that home advantage will help them secure a few titles at this year’s All Ireland Ploughing Championships.

Laois Ploughing secretary, Alan Davies said it it a great honor to have the championships in Laois this year.

“It’s a great honour to be on home territory and to have the National Ploughing Association based in Laois.”

Alan continued: “We hope that it being held locally will be an advantage for us, It’s an excellent site and the preparations out there are going very well.”

Weather will play an important part on the day for the plougmen and women.

“Hopefully it will be dry overhead on the day, if it stays like this it would be great.”

Laois Ploughing will also be part of the Laois Ploughing Village in partnership with Laois Leader. The Laois Ploughing Team will be profiled at the stand and there will alse be an opportunity to meet some of the ploughers.

This year’s ploughing team is DJ McHugh in the senior conventional plough class, Alan Davies in the intermediate class. Padraig Brandon will take part in the intermediate class, while Eamon Mead will be hoping for five points in the three furrow match class. Brendan Greene takes part in the under 28 conventional class and David Lalor will be contesting the under 21 conventional class.

Anne Marie McHugh will be trying her luck in the farmerette class, while Patsy Condron, Karl Davis and Seamus Duggan will take part in the intermediate reversal. Tom Cushen will be taking part in the under 28 reversal, with Brian Hennessey in the three furrow standard reversal class and Eoin Lacey in the macra class. Finally Tom Pender will be competing in the two furrow vintage class.