Irish Ploughing Team Take-On The World and Win

Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland with the announcement of the Irish Teams’ magnificent results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Njoro, Kenya.  Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr John Whelan and Eamonn Tracey  won first and silver places respectively for Ireland in Kenya.  Wexford man John Whelan fought off tough competition with an outstanding performance to become Supreme World Ploughing Reversible Champion for his country. While neighbouring county Carlow man, Eamonn Tracey also secured a silver place victory in the Conventional Class with a truly world class ploughing display.

Both seasoned ploughmen and previous Supreme World Ploughing Champions, John has represented Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest 9 times, while Eamonn has represented his country internationally 12 times.

NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh and Irish Ambassador to Kenya Dr Vincent O’Neill congratulate the Irish Ploughing team of John Whelan from Wexford and Eamonn Tracey from Carlow on their marvellous victory at the World Ploughing Contest in Kenya.

Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association Ms Anna May McHugh said “this is a fantastic win for both men and Irish Ploughing as a whole. Since winning the nationals last year, the men have been working hard on preparing for the worlds in Kenya and all their effort have paid off. They have done their country extremely proud. Congratulations and a very well done to both”

General Secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation, Ms Anna Marie McHugh said “Ireland have always been highly respected internationally in terms of producing Ploughmen to compete on the world stage. However, Eamonn and John in particular are held in extremely high esteem not only in Ireland but across the international ploughing community. Another great result such as this for both men further adds to their global reputation as Masters in their field”.

The Republic of Ireland were coached this year by one of Wexford’s finest Ploughmen, Mr Declan Buttle.  Also travelling with the contingent to Kenya was Brian Mahon of Offaly acting as Judge. Proud sponsors of the Irish Team and delegation again this year are Kverneland.

The Irish Team will fly home this Thursday morning in Dublin airport at 11.20am for a celebratory reception. For more information and full set of results please and Twitter on @world_ploughing .

Test of skill, dexterity and speed can win visitors a Kids 50cc Quad Bike at National Ploughing Championships

Visitors to the Hansen stand at the National Ploughing Championships (Stand 118, Block 1, row 5) will have an opportunity to test their dexterity, skill and speed in assembling pipes and fittings and be in with a chance to win a Kids Quad bike.

During the three days of the event a series of competitions will be held at the Hansen stand. A maximum of six participants will take part in each competition which will be held every half hour from 10am to 4pm each day. Competitors will race each other using all the Hansen pipe and fittings supplied to assemble the letter ‘H’. The fastest to finish, subject to a full inspection, will be announced via live broadcast on Facebook.

All of the individual competition winners will be entered into a draw and the winner of the Kids 50cc Quad Bike will be chosen at random in a live broadcast on the Sanbra Fyffe Facebook page at 5pm on Thursday, September 21st.

Sanbra Fyffe can be found on Facebook at Sanbra Fyffe, market leader in the supply of plumbing and heating products in Ireland, and Herron & Son, Ireland’s leading hardware distributor, recently teamed up with the long established new Zealand firm Hansen to bring an unrivalled and internationally acclaimed range of products to the Irish market. Products specifically for agri, rural, horticultural and irrigation use are Hi-Flo Trough Valves (Fast, Super and Maxflo). Sanbra Fyffe and Herron believe that the Hansen Superflo and Maxflo valves will quickly become the next industry standard for high performance float valves.

Property Services Regulatory Authority

Today, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD will be attending the National Property and Land Information Centre at 12.30pm to launch the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) 2016 Annual Report.

The PSRA is responsible for regulating Property Services Providers – Auctioneers, Estate Agents, Letting Agents and Property Management Agents.

The National Property and Land Information Centre is located at block 3, row 14, stand 316.

Muintir Na Tíre – Cairde

How can communities utilise the power of community to improve the safety and wellbeing of their members?

At the Ploughing Championships, today Muintir na Tíre has announced details of its new mobile app – Cairde Muintir is the National Association for Community Development and supports over 1,600 Community Councils and Community Alert Groups nationwide.

At the launch, Niall Garvey, CEO, said “At our recent National Conference issues such as fear of crime, isolation, and health were to the fore. Cairde aims to address these issues in a practical way. Cairde stands for Connects, Alerts, Informs, Responds, Deters, Empowers.”

He added “Cairde is a service that enables communities and individuals within the communities to communicate effectively. It incorporates many practical tools such as the ability to receive Garda Text Alerts and a panic button which can monitor responses with real time location and time of arrival. It can link with other smart devices such as doorbell monitors and smart plugs. A very practical use could be analysing the usage of a kettle on a smart plug – if the kettle is not used at the normal time on a day, an alert can be issued to the person’s cairde – friends or neighbours”.

Cairde can also be used for community messaging – be it arranging events, surveys, reporting missing pets, or whatever is relevant within the community. It eliminates many of the restrictions associated with SMS texting, such as length and cost, and can incorporated multi-media attachments.

Speaking at the launch at the Ploughing Championships, Muintir National President, Michael Sweeney, said “Muintir na Tíre has empowered Community Groups since 1937 and remains just as relevant today. We are proud to use modern technology to allow groups communicate effectively, internally and externally. The response at the Ploughing has been very positive. Muintir has operated Community Alert in partnership with An Garda Síochána for over 30 years and this represents further tool for crime prevention.”

In conclusion, Mr Garvey said “We will be rolling this app out to groups over the coming months but in the meantime, we have a short explainer video available at, or simply call to our stand 278 at the Ploughing and we will be happy to demonstrate it to you.”