More than 70,000 turn out for final day of the Ploughing Championships
Published 26/09/2013 | 19:11
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.