THE ploughing match season is up and running in Laois after a brilliant opening day that bodes well for the weeks ahead.
Clear blue skies on the first Saturday in spring brought eager contestants and fans out in droves for the Portlaoise & District Ploughing match, held at the farm of Tommy and Emma Fitzpatrick in Cloncannon, Mountmellick.
A beautiful sun-filled day despite bracing temperatures brought a spectacular start to the season, which continues every weekend in February. The county ploughing event is fixed for Saturday 16 February in Ballylinan, while the south Laois match will be held near Ballacolla on Saturday 23 February.
Portlaoise & District Ploughing Association secretary Majella French-O’Connor thanked everyone who made the opening day such a wonderful success, including all who helped mark out the land the previous weekend.
Results: Senior rev confined: 1, Jimmy Ryan; 2, Karl Davis; 3, Patsy Condron.
Senior rev open: 1, Enda Kelly, Offaly; 2, Brian Mahon, Offaly; 3, John Sweeney.
3 furrow rev: 1, Frank Gowing. Senior conv open: 1, Anthony Reynolds, Longford; 2, Christy Carton, Westmeath; 3, Jonathan Murray, Offaly.
Confined conv intermediate: 1, Padraig Brandon; 2, Benny Greene; 3, DJ McHugh.
Confined conv junior: 1, Denis Dooley; 2, JP Fenlon; 3, Donal Troy. U28 conv:
1, Sean Tracey, Carlow; 2, Denis Dunne, Kildare; 3, Ian Corcoran, Laois. U21 conv:
1, Cormac Goode. Novice: 1, Kevin O Connor.
Farmerette: Nora Cushen. Vintage trailer: 1, Bertie Murray. Vintage single-furrow:
1, Jimmy Pender. Vintage 2F mounted: 1, Tom Pender; 2, Austin Armitage.