Final Ploughing preparations amid muddy conditions as rain takes it toll
The final preparations are underway today at the Ploughing site outside Tullamore, as the rain of the past few weeks takes its toll on the site.
Ground conditions are muddy - so anyone travelling to the Ploughing are advised to dress appropriately and pack the wellies.
Met Eireann is predicting that most places will be dry overnight but cloud will tend to increase in western counties with some patchy light rain or drizzle developing there, so there is hope the site will dry up before the expected record crowds descend.
For anyone travelling on Tuesday, the weather is expected to be generally dry in the morning, but outbreaks of rain and drizzle will become more persistent in the afternoon and evening.
The rest of the week is predicted to see similar weather, with outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent for a time on Wednesday and a risk of spot flooding in places.
Thursday also looks set to see some rain, which could dampen the last of the visitors to the Screggan site.
Gardaí are hoping that their colour-coded traffic plan will run smoothly after they successfully directed a record number of 283,000 visitors to last year's National Ploughing Championships.
Europe's largest outdoor event, returns to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly this week and Garda Sergeant Barry Collins, who is in charge of traffic control at the Ploughing festival in Screggan, said that the traffic plan put in place last year would remain the same and advised all those travelling to use the Gardai colour coded routes.