Queen of the Plough 1961

Farmerettes compete for the title of Queen of the Plough today at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois. The farmerette class was introduced in 1954 to give women an opportunity to compete at ploughing and is still going strong today.

Watch Eiline Brennan from Laois being crowned Queen of the Plough in 1961. The National Ploughing Championships were held in Killarney that year and filmed for the first ever episode of the farming programme 'On the Land', which was broadcast on 1 January 1962, the day after Telefís Éireann went on air.

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