Ploughing a (not so) lonely furrow

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Where: Munster, Co Kerry, Ireland

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When: 08 October 1954

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What has become one of the great events of rural Ireland, started from small beginnings – captured here in detail in this fine black and white Monkey Morgan image. Killarney, Co. Kerry was the location, and boy has The Ploughing grown since then!

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: Friday, 8 October 1954

NLI Ref: NPA MOR603

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Apr/2021 07:35:54

    8 October 1954 was a Friday ...

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Apr/2021 07:35:56

    I don't know anything about the 1954 championships, but 2 years and 3 days ago I came across this monument at Shillingford in Oxfordshire commemorating the 1956 championships held on 11th and 12th October. Monument to commemorate to 4th  world ploughing championships in 1956 cairn inscription I wonder if there is anything similar at the site of the 1954 championship?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Apr/2021 07:40:56

    YouTube is sometimes AMAZING! - youtu.be/a-BFTrTJPcc

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Apr/2021 07:41:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Yes! - www.farmersjournal.ie/1954-world-ploughing-match-memorial.... [Edit] - via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/lossbylinda/][https://www.flickr.com/photos/lossbylinda/49174063363/in/photolist-2kSFrC7-2hVkVQF]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Apr/2021 07:46:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner From the plaque you photographed "Pax Arva Colat" - Let peace cultivate the fields.

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Apr/2021 07:49:44

    According to Wicklow People - Saturday 09 October 1954, competitors had tackled their first stretch of stubble-land ploughing on Friday afternoon (8th), and the grassland ploughing took place on Saturday afternoon (9th). There were teams from Canada France, Finland, Germany, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Northern Ireland, Sweden and America.

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Apr/2021 08:01:53

    "Winner of the Esso Golden Plough the premier trophy was 28-year-old Hugh Barr of Aghadowey, County Derry," "Experts stated that many of the competitors were accustomed to much wider spaces and not used to stony Irish fields" "Eccles the reigning champion, who had the bad luck to draw a plot with a bump in it, did not complete his task in the allotted time and lost points"
    (Northern Whig - Monday 11 October 1954)

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Apr/2021 08:06:10

    Next day (Sunday 10th) Hugh Barr and the Golden Plough featured in the harvest thanksgiving service at Killarney Parish Church. (Belfast Telegraph - Monday 11 October 1954)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Apr/2021 08:20:32

    British Pathe Special - World's Champion Ploughman (1954) and another [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I missed the fact that you had already posted the video!

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    O Mac

    • 13/Apr/2021 08:33:05

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ brilliant.. , especially the horse ploughman in his Sunday best.

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    Foxglove

    • 13/Apr/2021 08:57:53

    NLI has been sampling the buffet ! "brithish" .... Capstan cigarettes - when the Brithish gov began to act on smoking in the 1970s, Capstan and one other brand were withdrawn from sale as their tar content was high.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Apr/2021 09:08:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Fixed - your note is funny!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Apr/2021 09:23:16

    Site is now a golf club, Lackabane 9 hole golf course, part of www.killarneygolfclub.ie/. The house with two bay windows and no roof is Gortroe House, since demolished. In this Google maps aerial view you can see the remains of the yard behind the house, now beside the 7th green, so the ploughing was immediately south, in the now golf course and Fossa GAA pitches. Fossa's website says: In the early 1990’s the club decided to purchase their own land at Gortroe in the Eastern part of the parish for the sum of £110,000 (€139,671) from the Southern Health Board. The Golf club website says: Killarney Golf Club was formed in 1937 to build a course at its present location, but they now have 2 18 hole couses and this 9 holer, which we can see was not laid out until after 1954.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Apr/2021 10:54:40

    Gortroe House looks to have been occupied by James and Bridget Egan and household in the 1911 census.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Apr/2021 11:15:11

    The large tent near the house is the stand for Lucas, Prince of Darkness

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Apr/2021 17:11:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Now now! Were they really that bad?

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Apr/2021 17:16:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Capstan Full Strenght, now that was a fag for serious smokers only. Still available, it seems. And then there were L&Ms, who logo claimed "Less Tars & More Taste" a play on their initials.

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Apr/2021 20:10:48

    Don't see any Portaloos around, might explain why some people were heading for the trees.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Apr/2021 21:00:27

    The ploughman's wife took off with a tractor salesman: left him with a John Deere letter.

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    O Mac

    • 13/Apr/2021 23:37:29

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ She hitched up with the tractor salesman? harrowing.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Apr/2021 07:49:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ye are all very giddy at this time!

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    O Mac

    • 14/Apr/2021 12:41:00

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Have you seen that new film "Tractor"? The trailer is brilliant.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Apr/2021 13:56:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I used to like that film but now I'm an extractor fan!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Apr/2021 21:01:26

    Did you hear of the farmer who ploughed his field with a steam-roller? He wanted mashed potatoes. 'Monkey' will be looping-the-loop in his grave at these puns.