Farming faithful told to welly-up for championships
WITH the weather forecasters predicting sporadic showers but not a washout, "wear your wellies" was the advice for visitors heading to this year's National Ploughing Championships.
Miserable weather had threatened to rain on the colourful championships' parade in Athy, Co Kildare, yesterday -- but the punters weren't put off.
The Churchtown Pipe Band led a parade through the small town to welcome thousands of visitors -- and to mark the 80th championship. Skies were dull but the rain held off for the opening ceremony.
Around 180,000 people will descend on Athy today, tomorrow and on Thursday.
However, with a name for traffic congestion on its narrow streets already, an influx of thousands of cars will see the road situation exacerbated.
In order to curb any prospective hold-ups, a major garda traffic plan has been put in place, designated car parks are signposted and visitors are being encouraged to take public transport where possible.
Shuttle buses are also running from Athy train station and the town centre to the site at Cardenton throughout the day.
Anyone who is not travelling to the ploughing is advised to completely avoid the Athy area.