Tipperary will be well represented at the National Ploughing Championships, taking place in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois, this week.
Among the competitors in the fields will be members of the Poulmucka and District Ploughing Association. Representatives of all the farming bodies will also be there and Tipperary people are invited along to one particular stand to enjoy a chat and a cuppa!
Eddie Hally, a member of the Poulmucka Club, is an Assistant Director of the N.P.A. last week was busy helping to prepare the site for the event and hoping for pleasant weather.
Competitors from Poulmucka will include: Senior Class - Larry Bergin, Reversible - John Casey, Junior Class - Noel Howley, Under 28 - John O’Brien, Under 21 - Lorcan Bergin, Under 28 Reversible - Paul O’Connor and 2-Furrow Mounted Vintage - John O’Brien.
The President of ICMSA has urged all Tipp farm families attending the National Ploughing Championships to drop in to his organisation’s stand, number 331 on row 23, right besides the NPA’s Head Office. John Comer said that his association has enjoyed a great affinity with Tipperary farmers and that the current county executive, chaired by Seamus Troy, was greatly valued and respected within the 18,000-strong specialist dairy farmers’ organisation. “We’re issuing an open invitation to all our friends from Tipperary to come in for light refreshments and help with any problems they may be having in relation to their farms. We’ll have experts on hand who’ll be only too happy to offer solutions and advice on any aspects of farming that might be causing concern. Even if people just want to sit down for 20 minutes and have a cup of tea and a read of the papers, they’re more than welcome to join us in the Family Farm Organisation’s stand.”