Last week, the launch of the 83rd Co Longford Ploughing Championships took place at the Rustic Inn in Abbeyshrule.
This year, the coveted event takes place on the lands of Noel and Florence Gillanders who reside close to the village in Clynan, Tenelick.
“We invite all our friends and patrons to join us on this impressive dry grassland site for a great day of ploughing competitions, celebrity ploughing and fun galore,” PRO, Co Longford Ploughing Association (LPA), Luke Casey said before pointing out that the site was ideal because it was easy to access with extensive road frontage.
“Returning to Abbeyshrule brings back fond memories of the numerous ploughing events in the parish in the last millennium.”
He went on to speak about the last ploughing championships that was held in the locality, on the lands of David Byrne and about how the first Co Longford novice match took place nearby.
“Ireland’s first even novice ploughing was hosted by Edre and Bertie Mills here in 1986,” he added.
“Longford ploughing has held novice training and ploughing matches every year since.
“Abbeyshrule is home to two flying schools and this aerodrome offered many adolescents a gateway to the skies and the opportunity of a promising career.
“Many former students now work as pilots serving people’s appetite for travel across the globe, as, on the ground below, the ploughman cultivates the soil to nurture our appetite by turning the soil in the first step of food production.”
Meanwhile, the itinerary is ready for next Sunday’s ploughing championships and with everything from classes and competitions to horse and tractor ploughing; loy digging, musical entertainment by 4Degrees West, Marty Mone and Hit the Diff; bouncy castles, face painting and lots, lots more, a fantastic fun-filled day out for all the family is guaranteed at this year’s Co Longford Ploughing Championships.
There will be lots of entertainment for the kids including a top class dog show, and Pet’s Corner will include a selection of rare breeds and pets from alpacas to pigs.
This year a very special addition has been made - a skydive will be catered for, and all those daring devils among the patrons will be given an opportunity to partake if they so wish.
With so much to see and do at this year’s Co Longford Ploughing Championships, it is a day out that all the family should not miss!