Christy Carton from Kilbeggan competing in the Longford Ploughing Senior Open at Granard on March 26.

Kilbeggan man second at Longford ploughing

The organisers of the County Longford Ploughing Championships have offered “a big thank-you” to everybody who attended.

“It was tremendous to see so many happy people out, enjoying the music, dancing and pop up exhibition in a sticky field,” said Luke Casey from the committee.

“The event was blessed with a dry day after a week of downpours and the crowd in attendance was beyond expectation.

“We hope everyone had an enjoyable and memorable day.”

Enjoying the sunshine at Longford Ploughing on March 26 were Donegal country music sensation Paul Kelly with Glór Tire star Bríd Shaughnessy and Barry White chair of Longford Ploughing Association.

Between serious competitors and celebrity fun, it was a great achievement for the committee to see more than 70 people turning the sod in the competition plots.

Seeing those numbers rise again after a few difficult years is promising for the future, said Luke.

Christy Carton from Kilbeggan ploughed into second place in the senior open competition, narrowly beaten by Larry Bergin form south Tipperary.

Luke added: “We would love to hear your story from the big day or any suggestions on improving the event for next year, so please share your thoughts, photos and views with us on facebook/longfordploughing.”

Come Dancing in Abbeylara

The ‘Queen of the Plough Dance’ is on Saturday April 15 in Abbeylara Parish Centre.

“Join us the weekend after Easter to celebrate a successful ploughing championships. We have a great nights dancing for everyone to enjoy with live music from the LOLS. There is lots of excitement in store with amazing spot prizes and surprises to add to the entertainment.”

All profits from the ‘Queen of the Plough’ will go to Granard branch of St Christopher’s Services.

“We have more than €500 in prizes for all ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased from Mel on 086 823 2220 for €20 or from any member of Longford Ploughing Association.”