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Sunday 20 April 2014

The fashion at today's ploughing? Wellies for the rain

IT IS a day for the wellies at the National Ploughing Championships.

The mild weather of the week, which has attracted a record breaking number of visitors, seems to be just a memory as showers and drizzle are on the agenda for the day.

Met Eireann have forecast scattered outbreaks of rain, mist and fog on a primarily overcast day.

Temperatures will range from 14 to 19 degrees.

The last day of Ireland's premier farming festival, which has so far attracted nearly 200,000 visitors, is set to call in even more with Taoiseach Enda Kenny's planned visit.

Mr Kenny, keen to secure a yes vote in the upcoming Seanad referendum, will be shaking hands and canvassing votes throughout the day.

Traffic restrictions have also been put in place, with several delays expected in the morning before 11am and late afternoon.

Gerry Adams will also be appearing in Stradbally, Co Laois this morning to meet voters.

The National Ploughing Competition in statistics:

* 180,000 cups of tea and coffee will be drank

* 80,000 cars have been transported on site over the last three days.

* 16,000 litres of milk will be consumed

* 14 acres of Irish potatoes were grown to cater for the site

* 160,000 mineral bottles will be drank

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