Preparations under way for next championships
Published 28/09/2010 | 05:00
Preparations have already begun for next year's 80th National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare.
Organisers confirmed that the event will be taking place on the Cardenton site in Kildare for the third year in a row in 12 months' time.
Attendance was severely hit on the final day of the championships, with visitor numbers almost halved from the previous day's 76,000, but 182,000 people attended overall.
Anna-Marie McHugh, assistant managing director of the NPA, refused to confirm the two sites that are involved in negotiations for the competition in 2012 and 2013.
It's believed that sites at Ballinaboola, five miles east of New Ross in Co Wexford, and near Dunleer in Co Louth are the areas being ear-marked by the NPA.
Wexford's John Whelan, the defending European reversible champion, just missed out on retaining the title to well-known Northern Irish ploughman David Wright. There was some controversy when an English competitor was mistakenly announced as having come third. In the end, Dutch competitor Stefan Schreur was presented with the prize for third place.
The Tracey family maintained a firm grip on the National honours, with Eamon Tracey just beating his father John into third place in the overall senior competition.