81st ploughing championships Ahoy!

Harriet Stewart, Cynthia Geelan, Ann Marie Grey, Edre Mills, Orla Dalton, Chris McCormack, Avril Moran, Elaine Mitchell, and Charlotte Kearney at the launch of the Longford Ploughing Championships. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
Sunday April 12 is the date for this year’s Co Longford Ploughing Championships which is taking place in Legan.

Sunday April 12 is the date for this year’s Co Longford Ploughing Championships which is taking place in Legan.

Now in its 81st year, the event has become synonymous with the Longford agriculture scene and is the biggest ploughing event outside of the National Ploughing Championships which take place once again this coming September.

At the launch last Thursday night in Mitchell’s of Legan, Chairperson of Longford Ploughing Association (LPA) Cynthia Geelan paid tribute to all those involved in the event and pointed to the importance of sponsorship with every passing year.

“A big thank you to all our sponsors for their dedicated support to us down through the years,” she said, adding that main sponsor this year, Billy Moran & Sons, was very welcome on board.

Mr Moran’s son spoke at the launch of the great honour it was for the family to be associated with a prestigious event such as the local ploughing championships and said he looked forward to a wonderful occasion on Sunday, April 12 next.

“We are delighted to be the main sponsors this year and I wish all participants, sponsors and organisers the very best of luck,” James Moran added.

“It is an honour for my family to be associated and I look forward to a great day on April 12.”

The 2015 local ploughing championships take place on Sunday, April 12 at 12 noon.

This year the event is within walking distance of Legan village, in the townlands of Lurgan and Foxhall. The site is on the land of local farmers Pauraic Dalton and Frank Lyons and is located just four miles south of the N4 from Rathowen and three miles east of the N55.

Access is convenient for the large entourage of competitors and visitors who travel from afar every year, to enjoy the Longford match and family field day.

It is just over a decade ago since Legan last hosted the event, the then milestone 70th ploughing match in 2004, which was courtesy of the McCarthy family, Cloonagh at the time.

“Longford Ploughing Association would like to congratulate Pauraic Dalton and Frank Lyons and their families for hosting this year’s Ploughing Championships,” concluded Ms Geelan.