Reporter tries her hand at ploughing

Eamon Egan.
Sunday World reporter Geraldine Comiskey spent an afternoon recently on the farm of Eamon Egan in Kenagh.

Sunday World reporter Geraldine Comiskey spent an afternoon recently on the farm of Eamon Egan in Kenagh.

While there, the reporter was treated to some farming old style as Mr Egan presented his famous pair of draught horses, Gerry and Kruger. Needless to say there was also a plough in the vicinity. Eamon who is 80 years young remembers the days when the plough was the only machine avalable to toil the land in Ireland and was a keen participant in last Sunday’s Longford Ploughing Championships in Edgeworthstown. After Comiskey managed to get the plough stuck in Eamon’s land, he said of the draugh horses, “sixty years ago this breed of horse would have been used to pull the Guinness carts”. “They are the perfect plough horses; most of the other traditional workhorses are just bred for shows now and they wouldn’t know what to do if you hitched a plough to them.”