Loy digging



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Loy Digging

My name is Michael Cullen and I use one of the oldest tools for ploughing. Two of my friends Paddy Byrne and Dick Byrne also plough with me. This type of ploughing is called Loy ploughing or Loy Digging.

This is the a type of ploughing that was used by farmers in Ireland long ago. It takes a long time to do and it uses a lot of energy. It would take eight strong men to plough one acre. A loy can only be used by one man.

Nowadays there are competitions for loy diggers in the All Ireland Ploughing Championships. I will be ploughing in these championships this year in Co Cork. I won in Co Wexford last year and I hope to win again this year.

Michael C.

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