National Ploughing Championships 2020

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 to Sunday, September 20th, 2020 (Details provisional)

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Widely referred to as “the Ploughing Match” or simply “the Ploughing” this is rural Ireland’s biggest annual event by far.

Nominally a contest pitting the skills of international ploughmen against each other it is also a massive trade show, with livestock and machinery exhibitions, trade stalls, craft stalls, vintage motors and even fashion shows, home entertainment, interior design and art exhibitions. It’s difficult to convey how large and diverse this occasion is.

The beginning of this news report from the 2013 event will give you a flavour of the event and of its enormous scale.

All Ireland is there, and they are not deterred by rain or hail, coming in their tens of thousands whatever the weather. The event not only attracts the farming community but also a huge cross-section of people including overseas visitors and really does have something for everyone.

The ploughing competitions themselves are fascinating to watch, with an incredible level of skill in evidence as competitors vie to impress the judges with the straightness and perfection of their furrows. The horse-drawn plough classes draw huge crowds to enjoy the now rare site of massive powerful horses working happily and in harmony with their owners.

If you plan to attend, get there early. Its impossible to emphasise enough how big a crowd will attend and the resulting traffic chaos worsens as the day progresses.

Date and details for 2020 subject to confirmation.

The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh announced at the recent ‘Ploughing Prizewinners Awards Banquet’ that the 89th National Ploughing Championships will return again to the superb site in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow following such as successful event this year.   The site was confirmed as the ideal location for the 2020Championships at the prize-giving […]
Posted: October 16, 2019, 4:26 pm
As the final flow of traffic departs from the car parks this evening, the total attendance figure for the 88th Championships came to a record breaking 297,000 visitors over the 3 days, with exhibitors and visitors alike thoroughly enjoying themselves making this the  most successful National Ploughing Championships to date. Speaking at the close of […]
Posted: September 19, 2019, 6:47 pm

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