Ploughing Championships: Traffic 'heavy' but weather promising on first day
Gardai are advising that motorists on their way to the national ploughing championships should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.
Crowds began pouring into the 800-acre site at Ratheniska, Co Laois, for this three-day event at 6.30am, and traffic volumes are currently described as “heavy”.
A garda spokesperson said the peak travel time to the ploughing championships will be from 11am to 11.30am this morning, and anyone wishing to avoid traffic jams should plan to delay their journeys until after this peak time.
“It’s heavy, sheer volume. Gardai are trying to get everyone in as soon as possible. There are delays entering the site and the car parks of about 20 minutes.”
“There is a large volume of people trying to get on site. Gardai are on all access routes directing traffic.”
“If people are aware that there will be delays (the peak time is now at 11am), if they were to delay their journey for half an hour later that would be better.”
Site conditions are muddy this morning, but forecasters are predicting a mostly dry day.
“It’ll be mostly dry today with the odd shower,” a forecaster told independent.ie. “Tomorrow there’ll be more in the way of showers, and it’ll be the same for Thursday. We’re not expecting a deluge but there’ll be some rain.”