Listooder PS host successful charity ploughing match

Mercer Ward (left) and James Coulter (centre) from Hillsborough Ploughing Society to Listooder secretary, Wilfie Gill for �340 in support of Friends of the Cancer Centre
Mercer Ward (left) and James Coulter (centre) from Hillsborough Ploughing Society to Listooder secretary, Wilfie Gill for �340 in support of Friends of the Cancer Centre

Listooder and District Ploughing Society held a successful charity ploughing match last weekend in Ardglass, raising £5,000 in aid of Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Competitors and visitors travelled from all across Ireland in support of the event following Listooder’s top young ploughman, Andrew Gill, diagnosis of leukaemia last year.

Society member John Lyons (second left) pictured with local ploughing enthusiasts at Listooder’s charity ploughing match in Ardglass on Saturday. All proceeds were donated to Friends of the Cancer Centre

Society member John Lyons (second left) pictured with local ploughing enthusiasts at Listooder’s charity ploughing match in Ardglass on Saturday. All proceeds were donated to Friends of the Cancer Centre

Speaking after the event, society chairman, Mr Martin Gill, Andrew’s grandfather, paid tribute to all who were involved in the successful match.

Mr Gill said: “It has been a truly fantastic day. Thank you to Mr Colm Cultra for the use of a wonderful site here in Ardglass and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to his neighbour Mr Danny Leneghan and his family for helping to host our match.

“Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to our match – competitors, other ploughing societies, Young Farmers’ Clubs, local businesses and individuals who donated prizes and made donations, Masseys of Saintfield for catering, PSNI, judges, Friends of the Cancer Centre staff and our own hard working committee.

“We know the money raised will go to provide much needed support to cancer patients and their families.”

David Gill from Annahilt (right) receives his Champion of the Field award from Sarah Breen of Friends of the Cancer Centre. Pictured with Andrew Gill

David Gill from Annahilt (right) receives his Champion of the Field award from Sarah Breen of Friends of the Cancer Centre. Pictured with Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill (right) with his mum and dad, William and Fiona Gill, present a cheque on behalf of Listooder and District Ploughing Society for �5,000 to Sarah Breen from Friends of the Cancer Centre. Proceeds were raised at the ploughing match on Saturday in Ardglass

Andrew Gill (right) with his mum and dad, William and Fiona Gill, present a cheque on behalf of Listooder and District Ploughing Society for �5,000 to Sarah Breen from Friends of the Cancer Centre. Proceeds were raised at the ploughing match on Saturday in Ardglass

Young Farmers' Clubs took part in a fencing competition at Listooders charity ploughing match in Ardglass on Saturday.  Pictured with class judge, Crosby Cleland and Andrew Gill (centre)

Young Farmers' Clubs took part in a fencing competition at Listooders charity ploughing match in Ardglass on Saturday. Pictured with class judge, Crosby Cleland and Andrew Gill (centre)

James Adam (second right) from Killinchy had many people admiring his 1938 Ferguson tractor on Saturday

James Adam (second right) from Killinchy had many people admiring his 1938 Ferguson tractor on Saturday

David Wright (centre) from Magherafelt competing at Listooders charity match in Ardglass. Pictured with Davids uncle, Des Wright (left) from Coleraine who was judging, and Davids father Don Wright (right)

David Wright (centre) from Magherafelt competing at Listooders charity match in Ardglass. Pictured with Davids uncle, Des Wright (left) from Coleraine who was judging, and Davids father Don Wright (right)