Ploughing team off to Annaharvey

Roscommon will be very well represented at next week’s national ploughing championships at Annaharvey, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The event takes place on Tuesday, 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of September. The event is now the largest outdoor exhibition in Europe, with between 140,000 and 160,000 people attending over the three days. The usual programme of events will take place with machinery exhibits, livestock showcase and bio energy village, to mention just a few. This year Roscommon Ploughing Association is sending a very strong team to represent the county. Steven Beirne from Ballinaheglish is taking part in the under 28 class and his father Paddy is taking part in the three furrow match plough competition. Tim Foxe from Mountcashel and Michael Geraghty from Castlecoote are taking part in the junior competition. Both Michael and Tim have been runner up in the past. In the farmerette class, Ciara Moran from Fuerty will be a strong contender. John Hanley from Creggs will represent the county in the reversible class and James Coffey from Lecarrow will participate in the horse ploughing section. Roscommon Ploughing Association this week thanked all their main sponsors and in particular Michael Curley from Bank of Ireland in Roscommon, which sponsored the county event in Rahara earlier this year. Overall sponsors for this year’s championships, Vincent Collins from Service Matters was also thanked. A bus is being run to next week’s event. The bus is going on Wednesday, September 26th and bookings are now being taken. The following are the bus times: Strokestown roundabout 6.45 am, Tulsk Cross 7 am, Devine’s Clashaganny 7.10 am, Fourmilehouse church 7.20 am, Roscommon Mart 7.30 am, Knockcroghery Village 7.45 am, Coffey’s Lecarrow 7.55 am, Kiltoom Stores 8.05 am, Ganley’s roundabout, Athlone 8.15 am. Bus fares are being collected at G&H filling station, Athlone Road, Roscommon on Sunday 23rd September from 2 pm to 3 pm. To guarantee a seat on the bus, it is essential that fares are paid on this day. For further enquiries contact (090) 66 29565 or (087) 2283541.