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06 Jul 2022

Taoiseach and Anna May put the Ploughing Championships in Laois into gear

Virtual meeting shows preparations are ramping up for homecoming

Taoiseach and Anna May put the Ploughing Championships in Laois into gear

Anna May McHugh, NPA Managing Director, met Taoiseach Micheál Martin met virtually to discuss plans for next September.

An NPA delegation had a very constructive meeting on Thursday last with an Taoiseach Michéal Martin and Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Charlie McConalogue to discuss this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska.

The largest outdoor event on the Irish Calendar is set for a huge comeback this year after a 2 year absence returning to the familiar venue of Ratheniska in the Ploughing's spiritual home in Laois on September 20, 21 & 22. 

Anna May McHugh, NPA Managing Director, outlined more plans.

“It has been wonderful to see the warmth and depth of support from all over the country and even internationally over the past couple of years for the National Ploughing Championships and in particularly this year’s event.  I’m delighted to announce that the Trade Exhibition Portal will open in March and we will work very closely with exhibitors making sure they are up to speed on regulations as they unfold over the coming months,” she said.

The Ploughing was last held in 2019.  It was the biggest event to date with an attendance of almost 300,000. The NPA say there already there is immense interest and positive reaction from exhibitors, patrons and visitors alike hoping that this year’s National Ploughing Championships will get the green light to go ahead. 

The organisers say companies are anxious to get back to trading, patrons are anxious to do business according to NPA who say that public health and safety guidelines will be a priority this year emphasising the fact that the event is largely outdoor spread across hundreds of acres is a huge advantage.

For information regarding this year’s National Ploughing Championships please see www.npa.ie or call 059 8625125.  Follow the build-up and journey to #Ploughing2022 on www.facebook.com/ NationalPlouhgingChampionship, www.twiter.com/@NPAIE, www.instagram.com/NationalPloughing

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