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Steam threshing a big hit in Clonbullogue

Harry Judge helps his cousin Abi Healy feed some candy floss to Teddy at the 38th Clonbullogue Steam Threshing Festival. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

Harry Judge helps his cousin Abi Healy feed some candy floss to Teddy at the 38th Clonbullogue Steam Threshing Festival. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

THE community in Clonbullogue is this week reflecting on the success of the steam threshing held on Sunday.

The weather being favourable and the increased attendance enhanced what is now the longest established event of its kind in the extended area.

The weekend began with the selection of the Harvest Queen held in Richie’s Lounge on Saturday night. A number of businesses and organisations acted as nominators for the contest including Richie’s Bar & Lounge who nominated Helen Cocoman, Richie’s Golf Society nominated Claire Flynn, representing O’Grady Crane Hire was Emily Daly, while Killeen’s Gala was represented by Nicole Cassidy. Nominated by St Broughan’s Boxing Club was Ciara Furey and her sister represented St Broughan’s GAA.

In a hotly contested final the winner of the Harvest Queen title was Ciara Furey and the honour of opening the threshing on Sunday last fell to her.

In his remarks Chairman of Clonbullogue Development Association John Horan congratulated all the contestants for their cooperation and support, with special reference to the winner. The parade of the threshing mill, steam engine, vintage tractors, machinery, classic cars and local interests was led by the Mount Bolus Pipe Band.

The field events included the threshing by steam, the steam engine owned while Henry Justin had his mill in top form, he was ably supported by a small Garvie mill owned by Jackie Harrison. Numerous events took place including the Baby show the results of which are as follows;

Under one year in first place was Daniel Whittle, Clonsast and second was Saoirse Fullam, Portarlington with Alison Rose Meacle, Mount Bolus in third place. The one to two year category resulted as follows; first Madisson Kelly, Edenderry, second was James Conroy, Kildangan, County Kildare and third was Darragh McNamee, Clongarret. The two to three year winners were Chloe O’Connell, Portarlington, with second place going to Saoirse Groome, Ballinabrackey and third place to Dillon Kelly, Edenderry.

The dog show was keenly contested and brought success to Bell owned by Martha Kieron, Clonbullogue, showing in the Gun dog class, in second place was Captain owned by Teresa Bennett, Clonsast and Zac was the third placed winner handled by Peter Martin Geashill. The guard dog section was won by Jimmy O’Grady with Bruce, second was Lady owned by Mavis Justin, Clonbullogue and third Lily won for Annette Moody, Clonbullogue.

The pet section winners Melody owned by Shian McCormack, Cullihana, County Armagh. In second place was Max owned by Louise Fitzpatrick, Rathangan and third place went to Bailey owned by Claire Flynn, Clonbullogue.

In the golf competition the winner was Matty Corcoran, Walsh Island, the ten-pin bowling was won by Fionnuala Donegan and the basketball challenge was won by Jack Smith, Daingean. Olive Rowe, Edenderry won the Boccia competition. The raffle prize winners were Enda Hanlon, Suncroft, second was Rita Corcoran, Walsh Island, third went to Theo Hanlon, Suncroft, the fourth prizewinner was Emma Cunningham and the final prize went to Alex Hickey. The athletic result will appear next week.

 

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