HISTORY was made with the first ever ploughing match in Northern Ireland held on a Sunday, with the event organised by the Kircubbin, Portaferry and District Society, held on the lands of Mr T Thompson, Springwell Road, Bangor.
It was Kircubbin, Portaferry and District’s first match in eight years, and it is hoped to again make it an annual event.
With weather and ground conditions ideal, the match attracted a good turnout of ploughmen, including Gerry Byrne from County Dublin.
Also present was the Vice Chairman of the National Ploughing Association of Ireland, Mr John Deery and his family, from County Monaghan.
However, in a way, perhaps not that much had changed as the winner of the Senior Vintage Class was the same as eight years ago, James Adair, Ballycorr, Ballyclare.
The judges were Allen McAnally, Ballyboley; Tom Clyde, Straid, Cecil Wray, Killylea, Armagh, and Brian O’Neill, Moy.
Academy Class: 1, Joel McKee, Portavogie; 2, Ben Jamison, Ballynahinch; 3, Eric Breadon, Newtownards.
Classic: 1, Jackie Moore, Bangor; 2, Nigel Gamble, Ballynure; 3, Jonathon Lemon, Ballyblack.
Intermediate: 1, David Lemon Senior, Ballyblack; 2, Raymond Clifford, Larne; 3, David Taylor, Kircubbin.
Senior: 1, James Adair, Ballycorr, Ballyclare; 2, Frankie Davidson, Raloo Village, Larne; 3, David Grattan, Banbridge.
A spokesperson for Kircubbin, Portaferry and District Ploughing Society expressed thanks to Ted Thompson for the use of his land, the judges, competitors and everyone else who helped in any way to make the event such a success.