The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government is happy to announce that, for the first time, it will have a corporate presence this week at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois.

In the Department’s tent will be officials from our Community Section and agencies who will be happy to answer questions about the Department’s LEADER, Tidy Towns, SICAP, CEDRA and Pobal programmes.

Met Eireann will also be present along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fire Safety,, the Western Development Commission (WDC), Irish Water Safety (IWS), Rural Recreation as well as officials from the Department’s Environment Section.

Throughout the event, Ministers Alan Kelly, Paudie Coffey and Ann Phelan  will be in attendance at various times and will be making a series of announcements. The times of these announcements will be notified on our Twitter account, @EnvironPress.

The Department is very much looking forward to the Championships and the opportunity to showcase some of its work. We can be found at site 446, Row 26.


  • 1700 Exhibitors
  • 240,700 Visitors
  • Over 300 Competitors
  • Almost 2 million feet of Trade Space
  • Economic Impact of over €35 million