Traffic plan works like a charm after brief 'chaos'
The traffic plan to get a record-breaking 100,000 people to the first day of the 85th National Ploughing Championships was cautiously deemed a success.
An initial "hiccup" on traffic coming from the North to the site at Screggan, near Tullamore, Co Offaly was solved in the morning.
Inspector John Lawless of Tullamore Garda Station explained that traffic diverted initially through Clara had met another route, causing "chaos" - but that was subsequently rectified by having the traffic put through the town of Moate instead.
He said that though it was just the first day of the event, it was so far going "extremely well" because people had stuck to the unfamiliar routes they had been requested to take.
"There was some worry that it would be a difficult site to get to but that's not the case so far," he said, adding that it was only the first day.
"We continue to ask people to relax and have patience," he said.