News

 

The Loy Association of Ireland's A.G.M takes place on Sunday 15th January 2017 at 3pm in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

 

The Tullamore Show takes place on Sunday 13th August 2017

 

 

Plot at Kilmainham, Dublin, dug by Loy Association of Ireland members in 2016

 

 

A NEW ADULT LOY CAN BE PURCHASED FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:


Mallon Loy

Donegal

086 667 6456

€120 - €150

Bernard Casey

Longford

086 211 5317

€150

Alex Hunter

Sligo

086 157 9976

€100 - €150

Anthony Brennan

Leitrim

 

€150

 

A WEXFORD LOY
One day in 1980,Longford man, Joe Kilbride, of Elata, Ballyanne, New Ross, Co. Wexford. paid a visit to his neighbouring farmers, Michael and Mary Murphy, Mounthaover, New Ross. While looking at some young ash trees growing on a boundary fence , Joe spotted the head of a Loy on the ground. It had been dumped there and was in a worn out state. Joe, with his Longford origins, recognised what it was, brought it home, and kept it in his shed until the year 2000, when he put an ash handle on to it.
The townsland of Mounthanover consists of just one farm, Murphys. It is situated 3.5 miles north of New Ross, on the N30 road.
This interesting find, will now set us investigating two interesting issues;
1: The history of Loy digging in Co. Wexford.
2: Where was this Loy made, Wexford or some other part on Ireland ?


Events 2014 - 2016


Sponsor 2016 John Conaty

 


Tullamore Show 2016

Frenchman, Therry Roumejonis tries out the Loy, under the instruction of Bernard Casey

 


Bloom 2015

above: Eamon Egan, Longford & Gerry Brown, Roscommon, at Bloom 2015


 

Thursday 25th September 2014

All Ireland Loy Digging Championships, Ratheniska, Co. Laoise. Sponsored by Pat the Baker


Digging at Sligo 2013

 

Digging at Sligo   Tommy Cunningham - Galway
   
Marion Boyce - Donegal    

Digging at Roscommon 2013

   
 
Matt Connells daughter with her son alongside   George Hunter
 
Thomas Tierney - Cavan   Hugh ONeill - Mayo
 
Joe Kilbride   Matt Connells son
 
Paddy Boylan   Line up of plots
     
     
     
     

Loy digging workshop in Roscommon in 2013

   
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
     
   

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Carter - Sligo, 2nd Place National Championships 1995
Tom Maher - Offaly National Potato Specialist Teagas, Jim Duffy - Offaly Decorator

 

Michael McNally RIP - Longford. Eamon Egan - Longford Farmer. Michael McKeon - Longford Dairy Farmer and Stonemason. Vincent Cabarry - Longford. Barney Kiernan RIP - Longford