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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Excitement builds as Ploughing looms

NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh with 2 year old Elizabeth Hanniffy from the Laois Hunt at the Ploughing launch. Photo: Alf Harvey.
NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh with 2 year old Elizabeth Hanniffy from the Laois Hunt at the Ploughing launch. Photo: Alf Harvey.

Having attracted record crowds last year, the countdown is on for the 86th National Ploughing Championships, which take place from September 19-21 in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and director Anna May McHugh were on hand at the Screggan site last Friday to launch the three-day event.

Ms McHugh told those attending the launch that the Ploughing is unique as it brings the urban and rural communities together, and she is hoping for another year of massive crowds.

“The Championships not only provides a national stage for showcasing all things agricultural, but also brings together people from all sectors of Irish society, both rural and urban, to enjoy three days immersed in country living,” she said.

“With record crowds of 283,000 in attendance last year and the site in Screggan proving to be a phenomenal success, signals would suggest another great ploughing is on the way.”

While more than 350 competitors will battle it out on the ploughing stakes, there are many other dimensions to the event. Veteran companies as well as new exhibitors will be showcasing their wares to the public.

The inaugural Harry Ferguson Tractor Safety Award is a new addition to the event, while pig agility demonstrations, arts and crafts, a forest village and the National Brown Bread Making final will mean once again there will be something for people of all ages at Ploughing17.

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