'It's the non-farmers running for shelter, we're used to the rain' - Mud, madness and misery at the Ploughing
THE weather at the Ploughing Championships has taken a rather large turn for the worse on the second day - meaning thousands have had little choice but to run for shelter from the torrential rain.
Farming enthusiasts in Tullamore were caught in mud, madness and not a little misery as lashing rain pounded the tents and arena today.
No amount of umbrellas and wellies could save revellers from the mucky puddles and destroyed footpaths and tractors pulling slurry tankers were seen heading towards the flood-hit areas to help fire crews drain the quick forming lakes.
Met Eireann issued a status yellow weather warning as heavy rain for today and they weren't wrong as very heavy downpours tried their best to dampen the spirits of the hardy who visited on day two of the Ploughing.
And did the rain fall. By lunchtime a number of heavy showers had soaked the site and visitors alike and Met Eireann's weather warning remains in place until 3am tomorrow.
However, it's not the farmers who were running from shelter.
Farmer John Donohoe said the wet, miserable weather doesn't bother him at all.
"We don't mind the weather at all. We're used to it as farmers. Our work is always based on the weather.