The sun shone brightly on Carrickedmond last Saturday as the county’s Novice Ploughing workshop took place on the farm of John and Maura Harte.
And, for over 30 years now, the event has provided members of the Co Longford Ploughing Association with the opportunity to share their knowledge in the art of ploughing - and indeed their machinery - with enthusiasts who want to learn more about the skill.
“It gives people who have never ploughed before an introduction to ploughing,” said PRO, Co Longford Ploughing Association, Luke Casey.
“We invite in people who have never ploughed before - we show them all the skills and trades of ploughing and how to achieve good ploughing.
“We also prepare them for competition standard ploughing.”
Meanwhile, in a brand new development this year, the National Ploughing Association (NPA) has introduced a Novice Class at the national event in Tullamore, which will be held in September.
The exclusive star prize is a €1,500 voucher towards the purchase of a plough.
“The NPA has finally recognised the importance of having a properly structured Novice competition and this year for the first time ever there will be a special Novice Class at the national event, so this is very positive,” Mr Casey continued.
“So for the first time ever, somebody from here will qualify to compete in a class at Europe’s largest outdoor event here in Ireland in September.”
And on Saturday last in the blazing sun, it was Connor Mulligan who became that first person to qualify for the Longford ploughing team that will compete in Tullamore in six months' time.
For more details and results on the Novice Ploughing as well as plenty of information on this year’s Co Longford Ploughing Championships watch out for the annual ploughing supplement which will be in the Longford Leader in a couple of weeks' time!
Audio: Longford leader reporter Aisling Kiernan talks to the PRO of the County Longford Ploughing Association, Luke Casey.