Downpour fails to dampen spirits as stallholders enjoy sales boost
RAIN dampened play at the Ploughing Championships yesterday -- but stallholders reported the upbeat mood in farming translated into increased sales.
Some ferocious showers meant the crowd thinned out early and, at 69,000, did not reach its first day peak -- but a strong showing of secondary students helped boost takings for many.
Business at the O'Neill's tent was so brisk they had to introduce a queue for entry to their sportswear sale.
The Avonmore tent sold a record 8,500 smoothies and milk drinks on the first day compared to 6,000 last year; and trade remained steady yesterday, with the presence of Kilkenny hurlers JJ Delaney and Jackie Tyrrell an added draw.
"I could not believe the number of school students - in 30 years I haven't seen anything like it," said Glanbia's Kieran O'Connor.
Children's and teenager's fleeces and hoodies were proving to be most-wanted at the McCul Clothing stall.
"It's definitely way up on the last two years, and it's particularly strong because there's so many teenagers," said owner Derek Young.
Footballing legend Paul McGrath had sold a few hundred copies of his new charity CD, 'Handle With Care'.