The Hanley farm at Kilbegnet, Creggs, is proud to host this year’s County Roscommon Ploughing Championships this Sunday (April 7th) for what promises to be an entertaining day out for all the family.
The Championships form the qualifying round for selection of the Roscommon ploughing representatives at the National Championships. The event will attract the finest plough men and women from all over the country as they compete in various open and confined competitions across all ploughing disciplines, ranging from the large modern reversible ploughs to the horse ploughs, not forgetting the most ancient skill of them all – loy digging, which the County Roscommon Ploughing Association has done so much in preserving and celebrating this ancient skill.
The annual ploughing match is a highlight of the rural calendar in County Roscommon, bringing together young and old for a fun-filled day. Younger visitors will enjoy bouncing castles and various other attractions, teenagers will be attracted by the Macra Farm Skills competition, while visitors of all ages will enjoy looking at the craft displays, such as the displays of coppercraft, the blacksmith at work, wool spinning and the making of wooden toys for children. Various trade stands will also be displaying their products.
The main sponsor of this year’s event is Ward & Burke, an international civil engineering firm with strong roots in the Creggs area. Ward & Burke will have a large civil engineering display on the field, including drilling machine, flow meters and pipelines and will also be offering opportunities on the day for young people starting out after state education.
Ploughing competitions will get underway at 12 noon sharp and will continue until 5 pm.
This year’s event will be officially opened at 2 pm by Dr. Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health at UCD. His teaching and research interests include food borne diseases, lifestyle related diseases and health damaging consumer behaviour. He is a co-director of the UCD Centre for Behaviour and Health which is engaged in research on behavioural economics, population health disparities and policy interventions. He qualified in Veterinary Medicine in University College Dublin, in Human Medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He has an MSc in Infectious diseases from the University of London and an MBA from the Michael Smurfit School of Business. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, a Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the UK and is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.