on the Irish
THE Irish Ploughing Match is always a big event.
Not only is it a ploughing match in its own right, it is also the venue for one of Europes largest outdoor agricultural machinery shows.
And this year its set to be even bigger as Ireland plays host to the World Ploughing Championships.
Held at Oak Park, Co Carlow on 4/5 Oct, it follows the National Championships which are held at the same site on 2/3 Oct.
In terms of scale, the organisers expect to see some 380 competitors from 30 countries and over 150,000 visitors to the event as a whole.
Attractions include agricultural exhibitions, farm services information, sheep dog trials and, for the enthusiast, the Irish tradition – "craic agus ceol".
It all adds up to the biggest event on the Irish farming calendar.
Those who have attended the Irish Ploughing Match in previous years will recall the shows blend of new machinery launches and its more social aspects.
And that is not to forget the actual world ploughing championships which will no doubt be keenly contested. Representing England are Peter Waters and Michael Holloway, Scotland has David Carnegie and William Cruden, while Wales fields Clive Nixon and David Prosser. Northern Ireland is represented by Donald Wright and Desmond Wright.n
The Ploughing Championships are the biggest event in Irish farming.