More than 70,000 turn out for final day of the Ploughing Championships
THE crowds were smaller and the weather was worse but the final day of the National Ploughing Championships capped a memorable and record-breaking event.
The sun finally broke through the clouds of the morning after an unpromising start to the day.
The attendance of approximately 70,000 made for a busy site but was still down in comparison to yesterday's attendance of nearly 100,000.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the site before noon and strolled the grounds before departing for a scheduled event in Co Mayo this evening.
Mr Kenny once again dodged the question of whether or not he would be willing to participate in a live TV debate with RTE or TV3 regarding the upcoming Seanad referendum.
"It's a referendum, not a general election," he said.
He added that he had been addressing crowds of hundreds throughout the country in the run-up to the referendum vote.
Meanwhile, in the celebrity world, Ear to the Ground presenter Ella McSweeney was spotted, as was RTE newsreader Bryan Dobson, who hosted a segment for the Six-One News live.
Organisers said they were thrilled with the overall event, including the record-breaking turnout and high-profile visits.
"Nothing was left to chance," said National Ploughing Association chairwoman Anna May McHugh.