Team Ireland takes top honours in Russia

Team Ireland secured winning laurels and glory at the European Ploughing Contest in Russia over the weekend with prize-winning performances from both Liam O’Driscoll and Dan Donnelly at the event.

Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland dominated the leader-board when the dust had settled and the scores were counted.

Taking place both Saturday and yesterday (June 23 and 24), competitors travelled from Ireland, Estonia, Scotland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, England, Belgium and the Czech Republic – as well as host country Russia.

Liam O’Driscoll from Co. Cork took home first place and was crowned European Reversible Ploughing winner, while Wexford man Dan Donnelly took fourth place and won the stubble competition.

Driving a Massey Ferguson with a Kverneland plough, O’Driscoll had a firm hand on proceedings, scoring 472.5 points overall – some 52.5 points ahead of second place.

Liam O’Driscoll was awarded first place in Russia

Meanwhile, also pulling a Kverneland – but with a John Deere – Donnelly put in a strong shift on the second day, receiving the highest score awarded on the Sunday, to notch up 379.4 points.

Separating the two, in second and third place respectively, were Northern Irish competitors David Wright and James Coulter.

The National Ploughing Association (NPA) lauded the Irish competitors, sending its congratulations over social media.

The NPA added that there will be a ‘welcome home’ reception in Dublin Airport Terminal 1 at 8:00pm this evening (Monday, June 25) to celebrate the success.

While Ireland may not be taking part in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the ploughing team is making sure to bring home Russian spoils nonetheless.