Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sun speeds the plough in Ballintubber

Pauline Scott

Glorious sunshine and a great site near the village ensured that last Sunday’s County Roscommon Ploughing Championships in Ballintubber was one of the most successful in recent years.

Organisers were delighted by the fact that the rain held off for the event and warm sunshine tempted lots of local families to go along and take part in what was a great family day out.

In fact, such was the success of the event that the crowd in attendance was significantly up on last year’s even in Ballydangan, which in itself was a very successful event.

Chief Steward Padraic Nolan this week commended the local community for being so involved in staging the event. “I’d like to praise the people of Ballintubber for their co-operation. Their stewards were very good and the helped make the day a wonderful family day.

“We were very lucky with the site. The fact that we had bright sunshine on Sunday morning, that’s what brought out the crowd and it was a great family day.” Padraic also noted that the operators of the amusements were delighted with the trade on the day, as were the owners of the various trade stands in the field.

Ballintubber Tidy Towns Committee also benefited from the day, with local volunteers manning the refreshment tent in aid of the local committee and brisk business was reported throughout the day and they also operated a JCB skills test, which also proved popular.