Ploughing Championships: Mud and traffic . . . it takes more than that to sink our high spirits
DESPITE the mud and the traffic, the high spirits in the mire put Glastonbury in the ha'penny place.
It was a long, wet road to Heathpark, near New Ross, Co Wexford, and a slow one. If it wasn't for the promise of a very good day out, many families might well have turned around and gone home.
Traffic heading to the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships was "the worst it's ever been", according to some visitors. But it all depended on which direction you were coming from.
Things were worst on the Waterford road -- but bizarrely, traffic in Wexford town was actually quieter than on a normal Tuesday.
It seemed that driver error had something to do with the problem, with organisers saying that motorists coming from the midlands should have gone via Carlow, whereas many had continued on down the motorway, contributing to the bottlenecks.
"We set out at 7.50am and we got here at 12.30pm," said Garreth Byrne, who had travelled with his wife and their three children from Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The kids were acting up alright and some were looking for the loo but there wasn't much we could do about that," he said.
Una Kiernan, travelling with children Ines (4) and Freya (5), had left Clonmel at 9am and arrived at 1pm.
"Thank God for the DVD player and 'Monster's Inc'," she laughed.