The annual ploughing workshop and Novice Match will take place on the farm of Bernie and Maureen Jordan in Carrickedmond, on Saturday, March 18 next at 12 noon.
Since 1986, members of the County Longford Ploughing team have kindly shared their knowledge of the art of ploughing and shared their machinery with youngsters at this annual event.
“It gives people who have never ploughed an introduction to ploughing,” PRO, Co Longford Ploughing Association (LPA) Luke Casey told the Leader.
“The best first timer on the day will win an opportunity to compete at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore in September and this includes complimentary access to Europe's largest agricultural exhibition for three days.”
Mr Casey says it’s the excellent tutors in Longford that have led the Novice ploughing to such heights.
“Two pupils who ploughed for the very first time at our workshop last year were triumphant in Tullamore last September and returned home with silverware,” he smiled before before pointing out that Leanne Shaughnessy came 2nd in the National Macra Ploughing Class and Connor Mulligan won in the All Ireland Novice Class.
“Our Carrickedmond workshop is an excellent opportunity for youngsters with an interest in tractors or ploughing to avail of 30 years of very successful tutoring experience and perhaps follow in the footsteps of last year’s trendsetters, by adding an All Ireland title to their CV.”
For more details contact any member of Longford Ploughing or secretary Tom Bannon on (087) 9691176.
Meanwhile, preparations continue for the County Longford Ploughing Championships which take place on Sunday, April 9 next near Abbeyshrule on the lands of Noel and Florence Gillanders.
“An exciting family field day is in the pipeline as Declan Nerney competes in the Celebrity Ploughing,” added Mr Casey.
“The date is also set for the Queen of the Plough presentation dance, so mark April 29 in your diary and join Ireland's King of Country Music, Mick Flavin, as he crowns the Queen of the Plough, in the Rustic Inn.”
Tickets are available from any committee member or via facebook/longfordploughing.
LPA is meeting next Monday night in the Rustic Inn at 9pm as preparations continue in earnest for April 9. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.