Ireland wins top places in challenge

COMPETITORS from the island of Ireland dominated the results from the festival of ploughing in Lindholme, near Doncaster, in England.

Sean Keating, from Creacon, New Ross, Co Wexford, won the five nations conventional ploughing challenge for the Republic with David Gill, from the North, in second place.

David Wright, also from the North, won the reversible challenge at the event, now in its fourth year.

Champions from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland battled against each other.

Thomas Cochrane, who hails from the North, won the 24th European reversible championship, with Dan Donnelly, Blackwater, Co Wexford, taking the reserve champion honours for the Republic.

A total of 27 competitors represented 14 countries in the keenly contested European championships.

Liam O’Driscoll, Knockbrown, Bandon, Co Cork, won the reversible stubble competition for the Republic while Dan Donnelly was runner-up in the grassland section.

The competitors from the Republic were accompanied by John Tracey, Carlow, Ollie Furey, Galway and Eugene Buttle, Wexford.

The successes have provided an appetiser for the National Ploughing Championships which will be held at Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, Co Offaly, on September 25, 26 and 27 next.

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