All roads lead to Creegan's of Bunlahy on Saturday April 6, for the Queen of the Plough presentation dance.
The crowds gathered for what was an enjoyable evening of entertainment, with music from Nite Fever on the night sponsored by Creegan’s. The evening kicked off with presentations to all competitors who were triumphant at the recent Longford ploughing championships in Granard, Sunday March 24.
The award for the club person of the year was gifted to Bernie Jordan, with the award presented by Mel McKenna. This year’s winner of the McCormack perpetual cup was Sinead Monaghan. It was presented by Chrissie McCormack and Longford Ploughing Chairperson Cynthia Geelan Cruise.
The Longford ploughing association wished to thank Paul Belton and all involved in the recent novice ploughing held on Saturday, March 30.
“Congratulations to all who participated and thanks to all the tutors for their time, their tractors and ploughs. Thanks to Harriette Stewart for hot refreshments and thanks to Smiths Gala Newtownforbes who sponsored food for the day,” said PRO Luke Casey.
Sinead Monaghan will now represent County Longford in the All Ireland novice ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships at Co Carlow next September.
The next award presented was for the best plot ploughed by a Ford tractor at the championships. This was given to Andrew Stewart, who was also the winner of the U28 confined class. The 2 furrow class winner was David Stewart, with the award presented by Longford Ploughing PRO Luke Casey.
The single furrow cup went to William Stewart, while Fiona Egan was the winner of the Horse Ploughing class, with her award collected by brother Joe. Sean Monaghan was also awarded for coming second in the senior confined class. Next up was the presentation all the people were waiting for, the crowning of the Queen of the Plough for 2019. The crown was gifted to Eimear Monaghan, who will now go on to compete on behalf of Longford county for the overall Queen of the Plough title at the National Ploughing championships this coming September.
Eimear, who hails from Edgeworthstown, competed on behalf of Longford in Screggan last year, though she will hope to go one step further in Carlow and bring home the top prize.
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