They came, they ploughed, they baked: Record-breaking crowd of 279,500 attended Ploughing
They came, they shopped, they ploughed and they baked.
A record breaking crowd of 279,500 visited National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, where a massive clean-up operation is already getting underway.
The 800 acres site was packed for a third day in a row with the sun shining as everyone caught a glimpse of the best rural Ireland has to offer.
Away from the political controversies back in Dublin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny slowly made his way through the crowds like a celebrity with parents handing over their youngsters for photos.
Rose of Tralee Marie Walsh and a former pupil and football teammate of the Taoiseach were among the familiar faces eager to say hello.
Stephen ‘Horse’ Sweeney said Mr Kenny was mild but firm man who “took no nonsence” when he taught him during his teacher training in 1969.
“He always had leadership potential,” said the 57-year-old fellow Mayo native.
In the ploughing fields Mr Kenny met three generations of ploughmen, including world champion Eamonn Treacy and his father John and son Sean, both previous national winners.