Ploughing fans set new crowd record

The attendance of 92,000 on the third and last day of the National Ploughing Championships brought the tally for the three days to 291,500, a new record for the event.

Attendances were 112,500 on Tuesday and 87,000 on Wednesday.

The event was again officially opened by President Michael D Higgins, whose heartfelt speeches always strike a chord with the rural communities gathered for the event.


3-Furrow Junior:

1, Colm Dineen, Kerry. 2, Thomas Reynolds, Longford. 3, Ciaran Milne, Tipperary North.

Vintage 2 Furrow Trailer:

1, Michael Bennett, Cork West. 2, Tom Pierce, Wicklow. 3, David Grattan, Co Down.

Under-40 Horse Class:

1, Jeremiah Delaney, Cork East. 2,Shane McCarthy, Cork West. 3, Billy Molloy, Wicklow.

Under-28 Reversible:

1, Eric Wickham, Wexford. 2, Stephen Whelan, Wexford. 3, Dermot Ryan, Offaly.

Under-28 Conventional Class Junior:

1, Lorcan Bergin, Tipperary South. 2, Liam Murphy, Tipperary North. 3, Michael J Donegan, Kerry.

Under-28 Conventional Class Senior:

1, Kieran Coakley, Cork West. 2, Frank Cullen, Wexford. 3, Anddrew Gill, Co Down.

Under-21 Conventional Class Senior:

1, John Murphy, Carlow. 2, PJ Hartley, Kilkenny. 3, Lee Simms , Donegal.

Intermediate Reversible:

1, Karl Davis, Laois. 2,Michael O’Halloran, Kerry. 3, Jimmy Cotter, Waterford.

Intermediate Conventional:

1, Anthony Reynolds, Longford. 2, Jim Grace, Cork West. 3, Thomas Cuddihy, Kilkenny.

Under-21 Conventional Junior:

1, Padraig Deery, Monaghan. 2, David Walsh, Laois. 3, Brendan Sheridan, Mayo.

3 Furrow Senior:

1, Pat Furlong, Wexford. 2, John Keohane. Cork West. 3, James Pendergast, Waterford.

Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted:

1, Oliver Smith, Meath. 2, Alan Simms, Donegal. 3, Joe Kelly, Galway.

Senior Horse:

1, Gerry King, Louth. 2, JJ Delaney, Cork East. 3, Gerry Reilly, Galway.

Macra 2 Furrow Conventional:

1, Cian Harrington, Cork West (Carbery). 2, Gerard Mahon, Offaly. 3, William Kehoe, Wexford. 4, David Murphy, Cork East (Avondhu).

Farmerette Conventional:

1, Joanne Deery, Monaghan. 2, Rachael O’Driscoll, Cork West. 3, Laura Grant, Offaly.

Vintage Single Furrow Mounted:

1, Eoin Buttle, Dublin. Joint 2nd, Gordon Jennings, Cork West and Trevor Fleming, Cork East.

Standard 3 Furrow Reversible:

1, Niall Twomey, Cork East. 2, Frankie Gowing, Offaly. 3, Andrew Simms, Donegal.

Special Horse Class:

1, Gerard King, Louth. 2, JJ Delaney, Cork East. 3, James Kilgarriff, Galway.

Senior Conventional Test Match:

Supreme Champion: Eamonn Treacy, Carlow. All Ireland runner-up: Gary Simms, Donegal. All Ireland 3rd: Larry Bergin, Tipperary South.

Novice 2 Furrow Conventional Senior:

1, Dwayne Shields. 2, Trevor Cuddihy. 3, Stacey O’Sullivan.

Novice 2 Furrow Conventional Junior:

1, Thomas Duffy, Meath. 2, Derek Rodgers, Dublin. 3, Sean Walsh, Mayo.

Novice 2 Furrow Conventional Intermediate:

1, Conor McKeown, Louth. 2, Ciaran McConnon, Monaghan. 3, Michael Buckley, Galway.

Loy ladies:

Joint 1st, Kathleen Donaghey, Donegal and Amy Daly, Westmeath . 3, Marion Boyce, Donegal.

Loy under 21:

1, Evan McGirr, Donegal. 2, Brian Kiernan, Leitrim. 3, Cathal King, Mayo.

Loy under 25:

1, Ronan Marren, Sligo. 2, Adrian Grace, Cork. 3, Michael Sheerin, Mayo.

Kverneland Reversible Test Match:

1, Supreme Champion: John Whelan, Wexford. 2, Dan Donnelly, Wexford. 3, Liam O’Driscoll, Cork West.

Junior Conventional:

1, Michael P Donegan, Kerry. 2, Pat Cooney. Laois. 3, Patrick Quinn, Clare.

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