19 Aug 2022

Longford among the medals at the 90th National Ploughing Championships

Longford among the medals at the 90th National Ploughing Championships

Daniel Haughey, 6th year pupil at Mercy Ballymahon, pictured with his Agricultural Science teacher Ms Murphy, Vice-Principal Mr Kenny and Principal Ms Donohue after winning silver at the Ploughing

Three Longford competitors featured among the medals at the 90th National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois with the focus firmly back on the Association’s ploughing roots.

A true ‘Ploughing’ master class was on display with the finest ploughmen and women from all over the country battling it out on 150 acres in 22 separate classes over the 3 days as old friend’s reunited and new marvellous memories were made.

Longford’s Daniel Haughey won a silver medal in the U21 Conventional Junior Plough Class, with Andrew Stewart and Martin Reilly both finishing third in the U28 Conventional Junior Plough Class and Junior Conventional Plough Class A Grade, respectively. 

In the Farmerette Conventional Plough Class on Thursday, just four of the eleven competitors finished on over 100 points, including Longford’s Sinead Monaghan, who on 103, was narrowly pipped into 4th place.  

Martin Kehoe from Wexford became the National Senior Conventional Ploughing Champion and  Dan Donnelly from Wexford  won the Senior Reversible Contest.  Siobhan Dermody from Co Kilkenny was crowned the ‘Queen of the Plough’ following her win in the farmerette class.

Aisling O’Toole from Co Kildare was named the 2021 National Brown Bread Baker winning a prize fund of €15,000, her award winning loaf will be available to purchase in Aldi stores nationwide for the next year.

This year’s overall Innovation Arena Awards with Enterprise Ireland winner was marine biotech company Brandon Bioscience in Tralee, Co Kerry. In collaboration with the traditional fertiliser manufacturer Target Fertilisers, the company’s winning entry is an innovative new biostimulant product using extracts from common brown seaweed that has the potential to reduce chemical nitrogen input on farms by up to 20 per cent.

The best overall start-up award went to Jennifer and Kevin Corley, founders of EquiTrace which is an app that works with a horse’s microchip to identify, locate and track individual animals as they move while also recording animal temperature and health records when used with a Merck Bio-Thermo chip and scanner. Both the overall and best start-up Award winners will receive a prize fund of €5,000 each.

So as the final sod was turned in Ratheniska last Friday signalling the end of the 2021 National Ploughing – thoughts are firmly on the 2022 event returning to Ratheniska from September 20 - 22.

U21 Conventional Junior Plough Class:

1st Cormac Goode (Laois) 94, 2nd Daniel Haughey (Longford) 88, 3rd Daniel Burke (Kerry) 83.

Junior Conventional Plough Class A Grade

1st Maurice Walsh (Waterford) 223 nett, 2nd John Healy (Kerry) 198 nett, 3rd Martin Reilly (Longford) 3rd 197 nett

U28 Conventional Junior Plough Class:
1st Padraig Deery (Monaghan) 190, 2nd Michael J. Donegan (Kerry) 172, 3rd Andrew Stewart (Longford) 172

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