Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
8 October 1954 was a Friday ...
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.
I wonder if there is anything similar at the site of the 1954 championship?
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[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Yes! - www.farmersjournal.ie/1954-world-ploughing-match-memorial....
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner From the plaque you photographed "Pax Arva Colat" - Let peace cultivate the fields.
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.
"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"
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)
British Pathe Special - World's Champion Ploughman (1954)
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I missed the fact that you had already posted the video!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ brilliant.. , especially the horse ploughman in his Sunday best.
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Capstan cigarettes - when the Brithish gov began to act on smoking in the 1970s, Capstan and one other brand were withdrawn from sale as their tar content was high.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Fixed - your note is funny!
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.
Gortroe House looks to have been occupied by James and Bridget Egan and household in the 1911 census.
The large tent near the house is the stand for Lucas, Prince of Darkness
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Now now! Were they really that bad?
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.
Don't see any Portaloos around, might explain why some people were heading for the trees.
The ploughman's wife took off with a tractor salesman: left him with a John Deere letter.
The real champion
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ She hitched up with the tractor salesman? harrowing.
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!
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.
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!
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.