'Farmers are used to this kind of thing' - Thousands forced to return home as day 2 of 'The Ploughing' cancelled
Disappointed crowds have flocked from the Ploughing Championship to Tullamore town, following the announcement earlier this morning that today’s event has been cancelled as a result of Storm Ali.
Jimmy Walsh and his wife Mary, who travelled down to the event from Carlow, said they were disappointed at the news but explained that unpredictable weather is something farmers are accustomed to.
“Obviously we’re disappointed it’s been cancelled, but my wife made a point on the way in. People in farming would understand how weather can impact these things. It would have been worse if it had of been very wet last Friday when I wanted to cut silage,” Jimmy told FarmIreland after they took refuge in a local hotel.
“It would have been far worse, but you get used to these things. Farming people anyways would have a pretty tough edge to them, they can take the disappointments like that, possible others wouldn’t.”
The pair added that it was ”worse for the exhibitors” and the speakers taking part in today’s event.
“It’s a big loss to the exhibitors and people that are there, because even if it’s open tomorrow you lose the momentum.
“It’s far worse for the exhibitors- and Mary Berry, for her first time at the ploughing,” Mary added.
Others expressed disappointment for the many transition year students that travelled down today.