Sean O’Brien, the Irish and Leinster Rugby star, has been appointed as Ireland’s newest ambassador for Massey Ferguson.
The Carlow native was appointed to the position at the recent National Ploughing Championships, where he was handed a set of keys to a MF 6700 series. The tractor was supplied by Kehoe Bros of Enniscorthy, with whom the O’Brien clan have a long standing relationship.
The Leinster star, who made his debut for the province in 2008 and was selected to take part in the Lions tours of 2013 and 2017, has been one of Ireland’s top performers since his introduction to the Irish jersey in November 2009.
In his new role Sean was on hand at the ploughing to welcome St Francis Farm, his chosen charity, to the show stand. The farm is a working farm in O’Brien’s native Tullow Co. Carlow. They offer drug and drink rehabilitation services in 14 week, fully supervised, residential programmes.
The farm helps people through their addictions by providing education, group therapies and practical skills therapy in a rural setting and farming to the core of its operations. Sean and his family run a farm not too farm from the St Francis farm.
Sean is delighted at the new role, having always been a fan of the Massey machines.
“Being a beef farm, there was nearly always one on the go – they're reliable, accessible and economical – neat and tidy, really,” he said in an interview with stackyard.com.
He spoke of his delight at the chance to work with St Francis farm, commending them for their hard work.
“They get on with their good work quietly and behind the scenes...They're very local to me and they do a very worthwhile job.”, said Sean.