Eamonn Tracey (centre) with his third World Ploughing trophy in his hands
Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland with the announcement of the results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Einsiedel, Germany.
Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Carlow's Eamonn Tracey and Wexford's John Whelan won 1st and 2nd places respectively for Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest.
Garryhill man Eamonn is the new World Ploughing Champion representing Ireland with an outstanding performance in the Conventional Class and reclaimed the Golden Plough after being narrowly defeated last year.
While John also secured silver place victory in the Reversible Class.
Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association, 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 Germany 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, 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 Laois’s finest Ploughmen, Patsy Condron.
Also travelling with the contingent to Germany John Deery from Monaghan acting as Judge.