Roscommon success at Ploughing finals

Roscommon’s match ploughing fraternity is celebrating this morning, after Castlecoote farmer Michael Geraghty was awarded third prize in the All-Ireland Junior two-furrow competition at the 2007 Ploughing Championships in Tullamore yesterday evening (Thursday).    Michael, who is known throughout the county as an established and progressive farmer, emerged from a large field of contenders with third prize.    Tim Foxe from Mountcashel also performed well for Roscommon, and took seventh prize in the same competition. On Tuesday Paddy Beirne (Ballinaheglish) was awarded fifth prize in the three furrow standard competition.   Speaking to Roscommon People from the seat of his tractor on Wednesday Mr. Foxe expressed great delight with Michael’s success and said that the championship has been a good one for Roscommon so far.   ‘So far this has been an excellent championships for the Roscommon Ploughing Association and we’re all very pleased with the successes of Michael (Geraghty) and Paddy Beirne,’ he said.   Today all eyes will be focused on John Hanly, Kilbegnet, who represents the county in the standard reversible competition. Mr. Hanly began ploughing this morning at 10.30 am and will plough until after lunchtime.   Ciara Moran (farmerette) and Stephen Beirne (under 28 three furrow) also represented Roscommon with distinction this week.