Irish team take top honours at World Ploughing Championships
The Irish Team have produced match winning performances at the World Ploughing Contest in Kenya. Offaly was represented on the successful travelling party with Brian Mahon acting as judge in Africa.
Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr John Whelan and Eamonn Tracey from Carlow won first and silver places respectively for Ireland.
Wexford man John Whelan fought off tough competition with an outstanding performance to become Supreme World Ploughing Reversible Champion for his country. Neighbouring county Carlow man, Eamonn Tracey also secured a silver place victory in the Conventional Class with a truly world class ploughing display.
Both seasoned ploughmen and previous Supreme World Ploughing Champions, John has represented Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest 9 times, while Eamonn has represented his country internationally 12 times.
Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association Ms Anna May McHugh said, “this is a fantastic win for both men and Irish Ploughing as a whole. Since winning the nationals last year, the men have been working hard on preparing for the worlds in Kenya and all their effort have paid off. They have done their country extremely proud. Congratulations and a very well done to both.”
General Secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation, Ms Anna Marie McHugh said, “Ireland have always been highly respected internationally in terms of producing Ploughmen to compete on the world stage. However, Eamonn and John in particular are held in extremely high esteem not only in Ireland but across the international ploughing community. Another great result such as this for both men further adds to their global reputation as Masters in their field.”
The Republic of Ireland were coached this year by one of Wexford’s finest Ploughmen, Mr Declan Buttle. Also travelling with the contingent to France was Brian Mahon of Offaly acting as Judge. Proud sponsors of the Irish Team and delegation again this year are Kverneland.
The Irish Team will fly home this Thursday morning for a celebratory reception. For more information and full set of results see www.worldploughing.org and Twitter on @world_ploughing.
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