Bernadette becomes 'Queen of the Plough'
BERNADETTE NOLAN may only have made her competitive ploughing debut a few months ago but she proved at the national championships in Athy last week that she is a chip off the old block. The Oylegate resident was crowned ' Queen of the Plough' after cutting a neat furrow in the competition to find the best female in the furrows.
Bernadette returned to work as normal at H. Murphy cash and carry in Enniscorthy after her triumph in County Kildare. She confirmed that she took part in her first ever competition last January before going on to qualify to represent Wexford at the national ploughing championships.
However, she also admitted that ploughing was not exactly an unfamiliar sport as both her father Michael Keating from New Ross and her brother Seán have been champions in the past.
She was the only competitor in the event to break the 90 point mark, as she consigned her West Cork rival Rachel O'Driscoll to the runner up spot. She and husband Martin Nolan live on a farm but Bernadette points out that it is a dairy outfit rather than a grain growing enterprise.