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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Major row breaks out over TD letting slip 2019 Ploughing Championships venue

Anna Marie McHugh. Photo: Mark Condren
Anna Marie McHugh. Photo: Mark Condren
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A major row broke out at the National Ploughing Championships after the location for next year's event was prematurely let slip by a Fine Gael TD keen to give some good news to his own constituency.

Pat Deering, the Fine Gael chair of the Agriculture, Food and Marine Committee, was taking part in an event with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy when he finished his speech by saying: "I look forward to welcoming you all in Carlow in 2019."

Afterwards, he admitted that he had let slip the location of next year's event, saying he had "heard it on the ground".

However, Anna Marie McHugh, general secretary of the National Ploughing Association, hit out furiously at the Carlow Kilkenny TD, saying he had no authority to make the announcement.

"It's a bit surreal to be making any announcements on behalf of other people," she said. "I can quite categorically confirm to you that neither I nor our association at any time had any discussion with Mr Deering about next year's Ploughing Championships."

Ms McHugh said that sites in Offaly, Kildare, Carlow, Tipperary, Wexford, Laois and Kilkenny were under consideration for the national, world and European ploughing championships for the next number of years.

She said they were still negotiating with landowners and that land prices were also sensitive.

"We run the national ploughing championships and we negotiate with landlords and yet Mr Deering seemed to think he had the knowledge and liberty to make an announcement on this," she said.

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"This has knocked us hard," she added - saying that they had hoped to announce the location of next year's event this evening but that this would not now be confirmed.

"We're going to have to regroup now and do some damage limitation," she said.

National Ploughing Championships 2018. Lucy Ryan (4) from Thurles, Co. Tipperary has a handy way of getting around with her mother Clara. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Lucy Ryan (4) from Thurles, Co. Tipperary has a handy way of getting around with her mother Clara. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Judges Ollie Furey, John Tracy and Michael Cunningham discuss the entries on the conventional plough competition. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Ryan Tubridy gets all country as he tries to milk a cow with the assistance of Caitriona Mullin from Mountbellew in Galway at the Volac/IHFA stand. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Lucy Ryan (4) from Thurles, Co. Tipperary has a handy way of getting around with her mother Clara. Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Workers repair the damage caused to the Fine Gael stand after Storm Ali . Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Jane Jackson tries to clean up her stand in the exhibition site in Screggan after damage caused by Storm Ali . Picture; Gerry Mooney
Pat Spillane chatting in the Independent Tent at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan Co Offaly.
20/09/2018 Emma Hynes, 14, from Athlone minding Napolean the Charolais bull at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
20/09/2018 Charlie Reynolds, 4, from Dunleer enjoys himself at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
National Ploughing Championships 2018. The parade of tractors for the 2018 Ploughing champions . Picture; Gerry Mooney
National Ploughing Championships 2018. Eustace Burke from Carrigaline prepares his Angus heifer Clontead Lady Hotshot before day three of the ploughing gets underway. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Magareth Donnelly chatting about Post Pope Ireland to Harold Kingston and Fr.Brian Darcy in the Independent Tent at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan Co Offaly.

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