Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for 11 counties in the south, west, and midlands of Ireland as the National Ploughing Championships are about to begin. The warning is in effect for Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, and Donegal, as well as all of Connacht. Additionally, a separate wind warning has been issued for Kerry and the west of Galway.
The rain warning will be in effect from midnight tonight until Wednesday morning at 6am, coinciding with the three-day Ploughing event, which begins tomorrow and runs until Thursday. Despite not being included in the warning, the Ploughing will take place at Ratheniska, Co Laois.
Met Éireann has forecast heavy and persistent spells of rain with accumulative totals of 30 to 60mm, which may be higher in elevated areas. While the rain is expected to ease off during the day tomorrow, heavier rain showers are predicted tomorrow evening and through the night.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the Ploughing Championships over the three days. Given the weather forecast, Anna Marie McHugh, assistant managing director of the event, advised participants to come prepared with raincoats and wellies.
McHugh stated that the organisers have taken measures to ensure the smooth running of the event, such as using steel tracking throughout the exhibition area and increasing steel tracking in the car parks. She also encouraged attendees to consider carpooling or taking the train to reduce the number of cars on the roads and reduce the impact on the ground.
The Ploughing Championships have evolved over the years into a celebration of rural life, featuring various shows, events, demonstrations, musical performances, and competitions. McHugh mentioned that people often get distracted by the wide range of activities and do not get to see or do everything they had planned.
In terms of sustainability, the organisers are urging attendees to be conscientious of their carbon footprint and consider taking public transportation or carpooling to reduce the environmental impact of the event.
– Met Éireann
– National Ploughing Championships
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