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Leinster Leader, February 27, 1971

Worked First Tractor

One of the first men to use a tractor in this country died last week at the age of 86. He was Mr. Ned Loughman, Bennetsbridge, Athy. In 1912 he worked the first tractor, a Saunderson, to come to Ireland, and much of his time in that period was spent in giving tractor demonstrations around the country. Mr. Loughman was also a champion ploughman, and in 1908 won first prize at Athy ploughing competitions. He was father of the well-known Athy garage proprietor, Mr. Michael Loughman, Bennetsbridge. Other children surviving him are Edward, Mrs. Mary Harlowe, England and Mrs. B. Dinneen, Ballylinan. Everybody who knew him held him in much esteem and learned of his death with deep regret. He was interred in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Athy.

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