The Church of Ireland will again be making its presence felt at the National Ploughing Championships. This national event takes place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from Sept 20th to 22nd September.

Tullamore Union of Parishes will be broadcasting a Morning Service on RTE television on Sunday 18 September, at 11am. Ms Anna May McHugh, President of the National Ploughing Association, will be doing one of the readings. The Service will be broadcast from St Catherine’s Church, Tullamore.

Rev Isaac Delamere (Rector) said, “We are delighted to be broadcasting a Service to coincide with the Championships. A tremendous amount of work has been done in preparation by Ms Eva Draper (Organist), the Parish choir and many others. The involvement of other choirs will make it a real community celebration”.

The theme of the Service will be Come and See the Fruits of His Creation. Rev Delamere will lead it. Bishop Storey (Bishop of Meath & Kildare) will be the preacher.

The Church of Ireland will also be hosting a tent at the National Ploughing Championships. As the event takes place within the diocesan boundary of Meath and Kildare the dioceses will organise the Church of Ireland tent.

Bishop Pat Storey said, “Our exhibition tent will offer a friendly welcome, coffee and a prayer space for visitors. The Church of Ireland feels it is important to be part of Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show. If you are visiting the event be sure to pop in”. The theme for the tent space is ‘Come and See’.

Last year 281,000 people attended the National Ploughing Championships.


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