Pioneers keep ploughing away with young people
The Pioneer Association made its presence felt at the National Ploughing Championships, which was held in Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny, and drew a record crowd of 210,000 people over three days. One of the hundreds of organisations which exhibited at the event, the Pioneers received a good deal of verbal support for their mission from the public, many of these expressing their concern at the culture of alcohol abuse in our society. Particularly noteworthy was the number of adolescent members who stopped by. Having committed themselves to abstaining from alcohol until the age of eighteen, they offer a sign of hope for the future.