‘Get the Child of Pragues out!’

McDermotts ‘honoured’ to be hosting this year’s event

 The 2023 Roscommon Ploughing Championships will take place on the lands of the McDermott family in Hollywell, Derrane this Sunday, April 2nd, weather permitting.

Speaking at Thursday’s launch in Rattigan’s Bar, Kilrooskey, Martin McDermott said both he and his wife Sharon were honoured to be hosting the event.

“I’d like to first welcome the ploughing committee and members to our community. As we can see, you travel in force! I also want to thank the local people here for turning out. The support, well wishes and good luck messages mean a lot to us,” Mr McDermott said.

“As a family, it’s a huge honour to be representing our community – and our county too – because there will be many spectators coming into our small part of Roscommon. That’s a big thing”.

Mr McDermott said it was an opportunity to showcase the county’s youth, local communities, and local businesses.

He also paid tribute to neighbours and friends for their support and called for some divine intervention ahead of Sunday’s event!

“I’d like to thank Donal and Vera (Rattigan) for hosting us tonight and also the local community and those who have volunteered as stewards on the day. I’d also like to thank my wife and kids for their support and for not thinking we were half-mad doing this!

“We just need the rain to stop and we need all the help we can get – so get the Child of Pragues out!”