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Laois ploughman celebrating first All Ireland title

Karl Davis was crowned the All Ireland ploughing champion in his class today

Ballylinan man Karl Davis is celebrating a first All Ireland title at the National Ploughing Championship following Day 1 of the event in Offaly.

Davis, who has a long association with Laois Ploughing, won the intermediate reversible class today in Screggan outside Tullamore – his first national triumph.

He was the only Laois competitor to take outright honours although David Walsh did come second in the U-21 conventional class.

There was no luck for any of the other Laois contestants on Day 1 and hopes will now turn to Patsy Condron in the Senior reversible tomorrow as well as to Tom Pender in the Vintage, Nora Cushe in the Farmerette category and Sarah McDonald in the Novice.

The full list of Laois contenders over the three days is as follows:

Intermediate Conventional
Alan Davis
DJ McHugh

Junior Conventional
Pat Cooney

Senior Reversible
Patsy Condron

Intermediate Reversible
Karl Davis
Jimmy Ryan

Three Furrow Conventional Match
JP Fenlon

Three Furrow Reversible
Kieran O’Connor

U-28 Conventional
Brendan Greene

U-21 Conventional
David Walsh

Nora Cushen

Sarah McDonald

Tom Pender

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