The Kerry executive has named a team of 18 competitors that includes 12 previous All-Ireland winners for the National Ploughing Championships which begin at Ballyintrane, Fenagh, County Carlow on Tuesday next, September 17.
Aeneas Horan from Castleisland will be looking for his fourth title in 11 years on opening day while the two Causeway men who triumphed in 2017, Colm Dineen and Michael P Donegan will be in action earlier on Tuesday. Having won the Junior 3-Furrow class at Screggane, Colm now contests the Senior competition and Michael also moves up, from Junior to Intermediate in the Conventional Class.
The plans to provide the opportunity for actual match practice for the entire Kerry ploughing fraternity in advance of the Nationals were forced into postponement because of the tragic death of Barney Dowling, that great supporter of the ploughing matches as well as a host of other community activities during the week.
Barney was taken in very sad circumstances whilst working at his farm in Kilbrickane, Abbeydorney the previous Monday. This has meant that the schedule has had to be rejigged with the Causeway Society now intending to plough on Sunday September 29 instead.