North Tipp Ploughing Honour Founder Member Dinny Duffy

Thursday, 25 May 2017

North Tipp Ploughing Honour Founder Member Dinny Duffy thumbnailInvited guests and local ploughing committee who attended the retirement function of Dinny Duffy which was held recently in Rathcabbin

THE North Tipperary Ploughing committee honoured one of its founder members Dinny Duffy with a surprise gathering in his daughter's public house, Kelly's, in Rathcabbin on Saturday night May 13th.

The celebrations got under way with the planting of a tree in the grounds of Rathcabbin Hall where the Rathcabbin Ploughing committee was formed at that first meeting 52 years ago.

Dinny Duffy remembers it well and mentioned that he and Michael O'Meara (The Hill) are the only two remaining from that committee, the others being Michael Brophy, who was elected Chairman, Vinny Kennedy, Treasurer, (not that we had any money quipped Dinny), Tommy Bourke, Paddy Bourke, John Duffy and Eddie O'Meara.

Dinny himself was elected secretary, a position he held for a long number of years before he was elected to the National executive committee where he served as a Director representing the North Tipp committee and also as Vice Chairman.

There was a big turn out from the NPA, from North and South Tipp Ploughing, Offaly and Laois committees for the occasion, including NPA Director and Secretary Anna May McHugh along with the newly elected chairman Denis Keoghane, former chair P.J. Lynam, Richard Dudley, head of supervision, Eddie Halley, assistant director, as well as the North Tipp committee members. 

Anna May McHugh said she was delighted to get the invitation to attend the celebrations for Dinny and it had been a pleasure to know and work with him over the years. 'The Duffy name is well known in ploughing circles and it's great to see that tradition continuing,' she said. She thanked all who helped and gave their time to the national event and said she looked forward to meeting everyone again in Mucklagh come next September. She then made a presentation to Dinny and presented his wife Mary with flowers.

Dinny thanked everyone who attended and those who organised everything.'We were told nothing, we were kept in the dark,' he said and he went on to wish every success to the National executive as well as the North Tipp committee.

Several presentations from the North Tipp committee were made to Dinny in appreciation of his long years of service and after food was served, the sponsors raffle and the public raffle took place.



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