Irish ploughmen come out on top at European Ploughing Championships

Irish ploughmen Jer Coakley and Liam O’Driscoll, both from Co. Cork, were crowned champion and runner-up respectively at this week’s European Reversible Ploughing Championships.

This was the 33rd year of the European competition and it took place in Gullane, Scotland.

With a final score of of 418 points, Coakley, who was driving a Ford tractor and Kverneland plough, finished 31 points ahead of second place O’Driscoll.

The two-day event, which took place on October 19-20, saw competitors from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe competing to become the 2016 European Reversible Champion.

Meanwhile, this was the first time that the Championships was held in Scotland with plough brand Kverneland the main sponsor of the event, alongside other sponsors Claas UK and Kongskilde.

 

On both days the ploughing began at 10.30am, while the competition closed at 2.30pm with the final results announced on Thursday, October 20.

There were a number of farm machinery trade stands at the Championships, while Kverneland were also doing a number of demonstrations.

The European Championships took place just a few days before the 54th Scottish National Championships which will take place this weekend, October 22-23.

Irish National Ploughing Championships

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the Irish National Ploughing Championships would be returning to Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly in 2017.

Europe’s largest outdoor event is set to return to the same site as this year with the Ploughing confirmed to take place from September 19-21 next year.

The decision was made to hold the event at the same venue following the most successful Championships in history with a record breaking attendance of 283,000.

The news was confirmed at the prize-giving ceremony for this years National Ploughing Championships which was attended by over 500 people in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

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