Irish ploughing team are silver medal champs

 

Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland following the results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Baudette, Minnesota, US.

Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Eamonn Tracey and John Whelan both won silver for Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest. Carlow-native, Eamonn put in an outstanding performance in the Conventional Class while Wexfordman, John Whelan secured silver victory in the Reversible Class.
Managing director of the National Ploughing Association (NPA), Anna May McHugh said: “This is a fantastic win for both men and Irish ploughing as a whole. Since winning the nationals last year, the men have been working hard on preparing for the worlds in the USA and all their effort have paid off. They have done their country extremely proud. Congratulations and a very well done to both.”
Anna Marie, who is also general secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation added: “Ireland have always been highly respected internationally in terms of producing ploughmen to compete on the world stage. However, Eamonn and John in particular are held in extremely high esteem not only in Ireland but across the international ploughing community. Another great result such as this for both men further adds to their global reputation as masters in their field.”
The Republic of Ireland were coached this year by Doneagalman Matthew Simms. Also travelling with the contingent to America was DJ McHugh from Laois, acting as judge. Proud sponsors of the Irish Team and delegation again this year are Kverneland.