National Ploughing Championships 2021

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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 2021 subject to confirmation.

National Ploughing Association

National Ploughing Championships 2021 - Celebrating 90th Anniversary of the NPA

The National Ploughing Championships first established in 1931 celebrated its 90th anniversary in Ratheniska, Co Laois with the focus firmly back on the Association’s ploughing roots. A true ‘Ploughing’ master class was on display with the finest ploughmen and women from all over the country battling it out on 150 acres in 22 separate classes over the 3 days as old friend’s reunited and new mar...
Posted: September 17, 2021, 6:45 pm
NPA ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT EMO OIL WILL BE A BRAND NEW SPONSOR FUELLING THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL PLOUGHING COMPETITIONS #Ploughing2021 is due to take place behind closed gates from September 15th to 17th in Rathenisa, Co Laois This year the National Ploughing Association will celebrate its 90th Anniversary with the National Ploughing Championships competitions brining the focus back to its ...
Posted: August 18, 2021, 12:00 pm

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