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Busy time ahead for local vintage men 25.09.08

Ploughing contest and tractor building championships in next few weeks

MEMBERS of the Inishowen Vintage Club are gearing themselves up for a hectic few weeks as they prepare for two national championships in the weeks ahead.
The hard working club members who host a vintage show in June, a car rally in July and a harvest day in September, will turn their attentions to activities of a more competitive nature for the national ploughing championships and a major tractor building contest.
Members of the club are thrilled that for the first time ever one of its members - Sean McDermott - will compete in the all-Ireland ploughing championships.
Sean will compete in the single furrow class at the national ploughing championship in Kilkenny, qualifying for the competition after he had competed at various matches around the country.
“We’re delighted that Sean has qualified for the championships and every member of the club will be wishing him well at the championships that take place in Kilkenny from 23-25 September,” club spokesperson Noel Doherty said.
Meanwhile he explained that club members would also be flexing their muscles and fine-tuning their performance for the Irish vintage scene tractor building challenge.
Earlier this year members of the club were the toast of the tractor world when they put together a tractor in under ten minutes as they scooped the prestigious Irish Vintage Scene trophy. 
The Inishowen team of Noel Doherty, Darragh Doherty, Joey Lyle and Sean McDermott at the Ballygawley and Roscavey Vintage Show.
The Inishowen team of Noel Doherty, Darragh Doherty, Joey Lyle and Sean McDermott took the title at the Ballygawley and Roscavey Vintage Show but they had to see off the challenge of a strong team from Mountbellew before the title was theirs.
Rising to the challenge the Inishowen team clinched the title in a record time of 9 minutes 44 seconds to bring the trophy back to the peninsula but they expect a tough challenge again next time out.
“For the first time ever, its a shoot out between three teams, and we will be challenged and pushed all the way by the boys from the Mountbellew club and the Ballygawley men. It should be a great competition and this will be an event not to be missed,” Noel said.
The competition will take place in Cavan on October 5 and everyone in Inishowen will be hoping the local men can once again come back with the title. (Inishowen Independent)
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