1831 Mar 11 Belfast Newsletter. TYNAN FARMING SOCIETY. – The annual ploughing match of the Tynan branch, N. E. farming society, was held on the 24th ult. on the Glebe lands at Tynan. On the signal being given, 25 competitors started in admirable style; and so well was the whole work executed that the judges –Messrs M. Pringle of Grange, Val B. Fair of Caledon, and James Wilson of Glasslough – had a great difficulty in selecting the most meritorious lots; between the best two of which they were unable to decide – so the silver cup with £2 for first prize, was again to be contested. – Mr. and Mrs Oliver of Lislooney, had prepared a very sumptuous entertainment, which was dispensed with an unsparing hand to every respectable individual who either was an acquaintance or known to come from a distance. At five o’clock, about 60 persons, composed principally the neighbouring gentry and respectable farmers, sat down to dinner – Maxwell Cross of Dartry, Esq. in the chair. After dinner, the usual national patrioticle complimentary and agricultural toasts, were given. The adjudications were then read by the secretary – 1st and 2nd to be ploughed again, by Messrs. John Stitt of Tynan, and R. Johnston of Deryyha – 3rd, John Sanderson, ploughman to Mr. E. Kilpatrick – 4th, Samuel Beattie, ploughman to Mr. John Martin – 5th, John Gregory, ploughman to Mr. James Morrow – 6th, Thomas Heney, ploughman to T.K. Armstrong, Esq. – 7th John McAllister, ploughman to Colonel Close – 8th, Frank Hughes, ploughman to Mr. Dixon – 9th, Mr. Oliver’s ploughman – 10th, Mr. A. Johnston’s ploughman – 11th, Mr. D. Norton’s Ploughman – 12 Mr. M. Armstrong’s Ploughman.
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