Laois County Ploughing has entered a new era and are getting set for some action-packed days out this February.
At the recent Laois County Ploughing Association AGM, a notable change was made at the top table.
After three years of service Jim Greene from the Ratheniska announced that he was stepping down as chairperson.
After nominations from the floor, a new chairperson was elected – John Paul Fenlon from Ballylinan.
John Paul has been involved with Laois County Ploughing since he was 17 years of age and is no stranger to the committee as he spent fourteen years as secretary of the Association.
Now he joins Ivan Mathews as secretary and Mick Fitzpatrick as treasurer to complete a top table that represents all parts of the county.
John Paul and the committee wish to welcome everyone who wants to be part of Laois Ploughing to come along to plough or get involved by helping out in the organising of the matches.
The clubs are always looking for new members and if a new member wishes to plough they just need to simply pay their membership at a meeting.
In February all the Laois matches will be taking place. There is one each weekend starting with Portlaoise and District on February 2 in Ballyfin, Ballylinan on February 1, Laois County on February 16 in Ballylinan also and South Laois on the February 23 near Ballacolla.
In the Senior Conventional Class are Alan Davis, DJ McHugh, Padraig Brandon and Benny Greene will contest for County Champion.
In the Junior Conventional Class John Paul Fenlon, Pat Cooney, Donal Troy, Jim Greene, Denis Dooley and Tony Dunne will contest for County Champion.
In the Senior Reversible Class Patsy Condron, Jimmy Ryan, Karl Davis, Tom Cushen and Seamus Duggan will contest for County Champion.
Matches will also have vintage classes, an under 21 class, an under 28 class, a standard reversible class and a Farmerette class.
Laois County Ploughing would like to welcome everyone who wishes to plough or spectate to come along to the matches and take part in an enjoyable day out.
Ploughmen and women young and old are all welcome on the day. For more updates keep an eye on their Facebook page.