All roads lead to Ratheniska for ploughing

Site preparations underway for the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois 24th  25th & 26th September.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
It is almost all systems go for 2013 National Ploughing Championships, with the big event now just one week away in Ratheniska.

It is almost all systems go for 2013 National Ploughing Championships, with the big event now just one week away in Ratheniska.

Managing Director of the NPA Anna May McHugh reports that plans are ahead of schedule, with marquees and sheds already erected on the Carter family farm

“The site is looking well. I am extremely happy with progress to date. We are ahead of schedule if anything,” she told the Leinster Express.

The recent strong winds and rain posed no problem.

“We had very strong wind yesterday but there was no damage done, everyone puts up their structures very securely. The ground is extremely dry and conditions for ploughing are very good, if it does rain, that will just improve, but we don’t want rain for the other events,” Mrs McHugh says.

The big deadline is Monday at 1pm, when all of the 14,000 trade stands, exhibitions and machinery must be in place, ready for the official opening on Tuesday, Septemer 24 by President Michael D Higgins, and a forecasted deluge of 200,000 visitors.