Wed. Sep 20th, 2023
    Thousands Expected to Attend National Ploughing Championships in Ireland

    The National Ploughing Championships, a three-day event, is set to begin today in Ratheniska, Co Laois, with thousands of attendees expected. Despite the forecast of wet and windy conditions, there will be numerous demonstrations, musical performances, and competitions taking place in sheltered stands. Organizers have made preparations for the weather and have implemented measures to ensure the smooth running of the event. This includes the installation of 37km of steel tracking to assist visitors in navigating the 800-acre site.

    The championships will commence with a tape-cutting ceremony performed by President Michael D Higgins. Over 320 competitors from across the country will contend for national titles during daily sessions from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Reigning champions Eamonn Tracey and John Whelan will be defending their titles before going on to compete in the world championships in Latvia next month.

    Aside from the ploughing competitions, the event will also feature over 1,700 exhibitors in both outdoor and indoor stands. In addition, there will be talks on climate change, displays of high-tech machinery, and fashion shows hosted by stylist Celia Holman Lee. Visitors can expect to encounter well-known celebrities and politicians throughout the event.

    Various unique events are scheduled, including an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people throwing wellies simultaneously, currently standing at 792 people. Additionally, visitors are invited to participate in a mission led by Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin to discover Ireland’s most beloved saint. Competitions such as the National Brown Bread Baking and opportunities for farmers looking for love will also be available.

    Unfortunately, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will not be attending due to conflicts with other engagements. Nevertheless, the National Ploughing Championships promises to be an exciting event showcasing Irish agriculture and rural life.

    (Source: The Irish Times)