Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Clive looks on as his farm becomes a town

Brendan O’Callaghan with his uncle of the same name painting the IFA’s HQ during preparations for the event
Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

WAITING for nearly 200,000 people to descend on your farm is a bizarre experience for Clive Carter and his family.

For the past two months Clive and his parents David and Shirley, brother Howard and sister Susan have been watching a temporary town being constructed out of nothing on their 125-acre farm, which hosts the National Ploughing Championships.

First in was the 22km of metal trackway that allows visitors to get around the site. Next was the massive job of laying electrical and plumbing lines underground to provide power and water for the event – requiring nine generators and 45,000km of electrical cables.

Then work began on the tented town made up of hundreds of marquees to host exhibitors.

The National Ploughing Association had organised everything. "They take over the whole show and they're very experienced at it, but it's been fascinating to watch it all taking shape," said Clive (27), who farms the land with his dad and brother.

The farm will host the major exhibition area that is the centrepiece of the event for visitors while the actual ploughing competitions will be held on adjacent farms.

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