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How to plan your trip to the National Ploughing Championships 2018

All roads lead to Tullamore next week - here's how to get there


Europe's largest outdoor event, the National Ploughing Championships, takes place next week from Tuesday to Thursday in Screggan, Tullamore.

The site is a whopping 700 acres and last year nearly 300,000 people attended and 300 competitors showed us their skills.

With people coming from all corners of the country and beyond, we've the key information on what route to take over the three days.

Where is the Ploughing?

The site outside Tullamore is:

 110 km from Dublin

 210 km from Cork

 272 km from Belfast

 163 km from Rosslare

If you take the train Tullamore Train Station is 10 minutes from the site and a shuttle bus will drop you at the entrance gate. Shuttle Bus fees; €5 Children return ticket (under 16); €9 Adult return ticket; €20 Family return ticket (2 adults & max. 3 children).

How to get to Ploughing from Cork/Munster

BLUE ROUTE: Traffic travelling Northbound on the M8 will exit at Junction 6 (Horse & Jockey) and proceed to Thurles and onto Templemore and Roscrea on the N62. At Birr traffic will join the N52 travelling northbound via Kilcormac and Blueball and onto the event site at Screggan, Tullamore.

How to get to Ploughing from South East (Kilkenny)

GREY ROUTE: Traffic travelling from Kilkenny/South East will travel North along the N77 via Durrow and Abbeyleix before arriving at Portlaoise. Traffic will be directed left at Father Brown Road through Clonminham and onto the N80 travelling towards Mountmellick.

At Derryclooney Bridge, Mountmellick traffic will be directed left and onto the R422 through Rosenallis and Clonaslee. At Coolagh Cross traffic will be directed right onto the R421 (Killurin Road). At Killurin Cross traffic will be directed left towards the event site at Screggan, Tullamore and parking beside the event site.

How to get to Ploughing from the South East (Carlow)

YELLOW ROUTE: Traffic travelling from Carlow and the South East will travel on the N80 towards Portlaoise. At Bloomfield Roundabout, Portlaoise traffic will be directed right onto Rathbrennan and onto Junction 16(M7). Traffic will then turn left to the Heath and left again at the Wheel Inn pub (sign-postedPortarlington).

Traffic will proceed to Kennells Cross and be turned left and travel towards Mountmellick town. All traffic will be directed through Mountmellick town and onto Tullamore viaKilleigh. Traffic will then proceed to parking beside the event grounds.

How to get to Ploughing from Limerick, Kerry and Southwest

BROWN ROUTE:Traffic travelling Northbound on the M7 will exit at Junction 26 (Nenagh South) and will proceed on the N52 towards Borrisokane. In Borrisokane traffic will take the N62 (Signposted Portumna) and after 5km traffic will turn right onto the R438 to Cloghan. In Cloghan traffic will turn onto the R357 before being directed to parking beside the event grounds.

How to get to Ploughing from Dublin

PURPLE ROUTE: Traffic from Dublin to use the M4/M6 Westbound to Junction 5 on the M6 (Kilbeggan) and then onto the N52 towards Tullamore for 4km, where at Durrow turn right onto L2005 (passing GAA Pitch) and travel for 2km, then turn left onto the R420 and travel for 2km to avail of a shuttle service to the site

How to get to Ploughing from the North

PINK ROUTE: Traffic travelling from the North will travel via Mullingar and onto the N52 towards Tyrellspass. Traffic will be turned right into Tyrellspass Village and on to Kilbeggan Village via R446 (old N6). Once through Kilbeggan Village turn left for Clara onto the R436. On the approach to Clara traffic will turn left onto the L2009 before joining the R420 Tullamore to Clara Road. Traffic will then turn right at Coolnahiley and be directed to parking beside the event grounds.

How to get to Ploughing from the West

GREEN ROUTE: Traffic travelling from the West will exit M6 motorway at Junction 6 (Horseleap, Clara) and will be directed towards Moate town. Traffic will then be directed left onto the Ballycumber Road. At Ballycumber traffic will join the R436 (Ballycumber to Clara Road) before turning right on towards Rahan Village. At Rahan Village traffic will be directed onto the L2011 towards the event site and parking.

How to get to Ploughing from Kildare/ Junction 15 M7

ORANGE ROUTE: Traffic travelling Westbound along the M7 Motorway will exit at Junction 15 (Cappakeel), turning right over the Motorway and onto the R445 (Old Dublin Road). At New Inn Roundabout traffic will proceed through Emo Village and onto Kennells Cross where it will turn right and be directed to Garryhinch Cross and onto Cloneygowan Village. Traffic will then follow the R420 to the event site.

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All Buses on Brown / Blue route will continue past the entrance to the Blue Routes and continue 400m

and park across from the event site. All Buses travelling on the Purple / Pink routes will continue on to the N52 (Mucklagh By-Pass) and park across from the event site.

All Buses travelling on the Orange, Yellow and Grey Routes will travel to Mountmellick where they will proceed to Tullamore via the N.80. They will then be directed to Bus Parking on the N52 (Mucklagh ByPass) across from the event site.

All Buses travelling on the Green Route will exit the M6 at Junction 5 Kilbeggan and proceed on the N52 to Mucklagh By-Pass and park across from the event site.


A Shuttle Bus service operated by Bus Eireann will be in operation from Tullamore Train Station. The times of this service will operate to suit train times with pick up times from Tullamore Train Station starting at 06.55am until 12 noon. The Shuttle Bus service will start return runs from the site to Tullamore Train Station at 14.00pm up until 18.30pm. The drop off and pick up point is located near the main entrance along the N52 and very close to the 3 main entrances along the front of the site.


Taxis dropping off patrons will be facilitated as close to the car parks as is possible once there is no interference with the flow of traffic.

There is no designated Taxi pick up area in or around the event site.

The full Garda traffic plan and map can be accessed here.

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