Comment: Skies foretell of Brexit storms ahead - but there's no dampening of spirits
Despite rubbish broadband, the threat of Brexit and recent flooding, rural Ireland has showed itself once again to be incredibly resilient.
So, when the heavens opened over Tullamore on the second day of the Ploughing this year, and there was some whispered talk that maybe the event would be called off midway, it was this resilience that came into play at the largest 'pop-up' festival in Ireland.
The electricity went from numerous stands while flood water seeped into others, and many people who'd arrived to the rural phenomenon that is the National Ploughing Championships took it as a sign from the gods to go home, damp but happy.
The Ploughing is a funny phenomenon. It's the biggest event in the farming calendar, both for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit it, and commercially. Politicians cannot afford to miss it, regardless of whether there is an election on the horizon, and commercial companies have embraced it in recent years with bigger and brasher stands doling out free samples of everything from cheese to religious medals.
On top of that, almost 300,000 people flock to this event that has grown to be the largest agricultural show in Europe.
The event has become so big in recent years that it now makes logistical sense to keep it on the one site for at least one year and the current assumption is that it will remain on the Tullamore site for three years.
Yet few people outside those living in rural Ireland have any real idea what it is. In fact, most people who go to the Ploughing don't ever get to see any of the actual ploughing, where farmers compete to plough the best drill in Irish soil.
Visitors are, instead, all consumed with the 'pop-up' town that grows on the site in the preceding weeks, home to 1,700 exhibitors.