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Saturday 18 November 2017

The Ploughing: Five things we learned, five more to look out for

President Michael D. Higgins chats with Dave Mulcahy from Leamcara Cork who is a competitor in the Intermediate Tractor Class alongside his furrow at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore Co Offaly.
Pic Steve Humphreys
President Michael D. Higgins chats with Dave Mulcahy from Leamcara Cork who is a competitor in the Intermediate Tractor Class alongside his furrow at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore Co Offaly. Pic Steve Humphreys
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

WITH approximately 200,000 expected to attend on Wednesday and Thursday, there are a few learnings to be taken from the first day in Offaly:

Leave early - it may seem obvious, but give yourself enough time to get around. Traffic on all routes towards the site were extremely heavy by 7am, and didn't calm down until after 11. You want to spend your time at the event, not sitting in your car waiting to get there.

Wear wellies - even if the weather is dry, things will turn muddy very quickly. Check the weather forecast the night before and dress appropriately.

Plan ahead - the scale of the event may be daunting for newbies, and you could spend your entire day just walking around. If there's particular stands or events you want to see, find out where they are and make sure you leave time to get there.

Food - you won't need a heavy breakfast before you leave, there's a massive amount of food options on the ground, catering for all tastes.

Competitions - it may be easy to forget, but make sure you actually check out some of the competition. There are various events being held daily and it would be sinful to not take at least one of them in.

Ailis Egan and Sophie Spence Talk Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Irish Women’s Rugby stars chat to Connor Morris at the eir Pavilion at National Ploughing Championships Photo: Maxwells
Ailis Egan and Sophie Spence Talk Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Irish Women’s Rugby stars chat to Connor Morris at the eir Pavilion at National Ploughing Championships Photo: Maxwells

And there are a number of things to perhaps be aware of for Wednesday:

Bigger crowds - Day two is traditionally the most busy day of the event, with over 100,000 people expected the descend into the Co Offaly event

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