Students take field trip to the National Ploughing Championships
Thousands of students travelled from all over Ireland to the National Ploughing Championships this year.
St Joseph's Secondary School in Foxford, Co. Mayo was one such school.
Agricultural science teacher Claire Boyle said that the Championships were the perfect way to teach the students about the practical aspects of farming.
"It's great when they can actually see the animals and the machinery - much better than teaching them out of books," she said.
The tour departed Foxford at 6am, with some students rising as early as 4am to make the bus.
"A very early start this morning - with a few late arrivals, as usual!," the teacher told independent.ie.
Two of Ms. Boyle's students spoke to Independent.ie about their highlights of the trip.
"We saw the car that flipped over," said Shannon Melody, speaking about the RSA 'No Seatbelts, No Excuse' simulator.