County Longford Ploughing Championships 2017

The 83rd Longford Ploughing Championships is on Sunday 9th April 2017 at 12 noon, between Abbeyshrule village and Oliver Goldsmith’s birthplace at Pallace.
Courtesy of site owners Noel & Florence Gillanders and main sponsor “Whites Trailers” we invite everyone to join us in Abbeyshrule. Enjoy a great day of ploughing competitions at this impressive dry grassland site. An exciting family field day is in store with Celebrity Ploughing and fun galore.

MickFlavin - PLoughing Festival

County Longford Ploughing Championships 2017

The County Longford Ploughing Championships is like stepping back in time to an era which is sadly vanishing. Children get the chance to watch the horses plough just as it was done on farmlands 80 years ago. Spectators can see a meithil of men, women and children dig together with the ancient ‘loy’, the hand tool used by people who had no horse to plough with.

Enjoy the magic of Irelands’ only ‘Celebrity Ploughing Challenge’. 2017 will see Declan Nerney from Drumlish and John McNicholl from Derry pitch their wits against Abbeyshrule soil on tractors and also with a brace of horses named Murphy and Jerry.

Amid cheers and giggling from starstruck fans, they struggle to master the plough and turn the soil with horse and tractor. Past ploughing bootcamp survivors include Cliona Hagan, Nathan Carter, Johnny Brady, Aiden Quinn, TR Dallas, Brendan Shine and Mick Flavin.

Declan Nerney and John McNicholl will join Edgeworthstown band “4Degrees West” on stage for an amazing afternoon of music and song. Get a selfie with your favourite star or Snap a photo of family or friends relishing this reality challenge.

Over the years The Ploughing Championships has attracted the support of passionate ploughing competitors countrywide. It has grown into the largest ploughing event in the County’s Spring ploughing calendar, with over ninety ploughs in action in recent years.

This event is a living and working museum!!! Browse dozens of vintage tractors and ploughs working competitively, all in mint condition. Admire teams of horses ploughing in harmony with nature. Watch men, women and children dig together with the ancient ‘loy’. Used in Mesopotamia and in Ancient Egypt, the loy is a hand plough used by poorer families who had no horse and reflects famine times in Ireland. Wander through this window into the past, see the history of cultivation re-enacted, as hundreds compete with tools from every era, to win a place in the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore next September.

This is always an ideal family day out, a day to savor the fresh Spring air, experience the outdoors and leave the Winter blues behind. Activities on the day include a trade fair, food fair, a dog show, rare pets and lots more.

Chair: Cynthia Geelan, 087 1341139
Trade and exhibition inquiries: Barry White 087 9490024
Secretary: Tom Bannon, 087 9691176
PRO: Luke Casey , 086 8572195
Ploughing competition entries: Anthony Reynolds, 086 8548115

Venue: Legan, County Longford.
Contact: Cynthia Geelan
Tel: 00353 (0)87 1341139

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