From the newspaper, The Tralee Chronicle, the Abbeydorney Ploughing Society was founded in 1856 and was run annually up until 1880. The Ploughmen at the time were the Tenant Farmers, their sons or the Farm Labourers and the Sponsors were Lord Listowel and Lord Crosbie.
The prizes were:-
1st Iron Plough
2nd Drill Harrow
5th 7s 6d
At that time there were a lot of evictions of Tenant Farmers by the Landlords and this action added further misery to a lot of unfortunate people. In 1879 Michael Davitt founded the Land League for the redress of the wrongs of the Irish Tenant Farmers and founded his Land War against the Landlords.
Hence, there is no record of Ploughing Matches in Abbeydorney again until 1912 when it was stated in the Kerry People Newspaper that after a lapse of some thirty years the Ploughing Match was revived in Abbeydorney and was run annually again until 1918, during which time we had the Black & Tan War and the Civil War and farming was in a depressed state. Again, there is no record of a Ploughing Match until 1932 when the Kerryman newspaper stated that after a lapse of fourteen years the Ploughing Match was revived in Abbeydorney and was run annually again until 1937 when an internal dispute within the Committee resulted in no Ploughing Match in 1938. In 1939 the Ploughing Match was again revived and has been run annually up until the present day.