National Ploughing Championships 2018 – News

2019 NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO TAKE PLACE IN BALLINTRANE, FENAGH, CO CARLOW - The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh was delighted to announce yesterday evening at the 'Ploughing Prizewinners Banquet' that the 88th National Ploughing Championships will be held on a superb, centrally located site in Co Carlow from September 17th to 19th. The site was confirmed as the ideal location for the 2019 Championships at the .... Read More

SUN SHINES ON THE FINAL DAY - As the traffic flows from the car parks this evening, the total attendance figure for the 2018 National Ploughing Championships came to a total of 240,700 over the 3 days, there was a more relaxed mood today with visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves on the final day of this year’s Ploughing Championships. Speaking at the close .... Read More

THE INDOMITABLE IRISH SPIRIT ROARS ON AT DAY 2 - Despite the destructive appetite of Storm Ali and her best efforts to put paid to the National Ploughing Championships, exhibitors, contractors, service providers, the NPA team and local volunteers put in a mammoth effort and returned the site to all its glory, and as a result it was business as usual this morning for Day .... Read More

PLOUGHING #18 KICKED OFF IN TRUE ‘PLOUGHING’ STYLE - Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric despite the occasional shower, visitors poured in the gates from early morning to embrace the ‘Ploughing’ experience. With 97,500 attendees enjoying everything from farming to fashion, artisan foods to top-of-the range machinery, quality livestock and ploughing competitions of an excellent standard. This year’s event is the perfect example .... Read More

Only Two Weeks To Go Until The Most Anticipated Event of the Year #PLOUGHING18 - GREAT EXCITEMENT AS THE COUNTDOWN IS NOW UNDERWAY With just under two weeks to go to the staging of Europe’s largest outdoor event, the site in Screggan, Tullamore is really taking shape for this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Today the national media were treated to an exciting preview of what to expect, as the event .... Read More

Irish Team Take on the World and Win! - Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland with the announcement of the results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Einsiedel, Germany.  Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr Eamonn Tracey and Mr John Whelan won 1st and 2nd places respectively for Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest.  .... Read More

‘Machine of the Year’ award - The ‘Machine of the Year’ award is open to all machines launched/manufactured since the last National Ploughing Championships.  Entries must currently be in manufacture and all machines should have a practical use in agriculture and will be exhibiting at Ploughing 2018.  NPA Assistant Managing Director Anna Marie McHugh said “There was great interest with entries .... Read More

Small businesses get ‘ploughing-ready’ - In thirteen weeks’ time, the National Ploughing Championships (September 18th – 20th), Europe’s largest outdoor event, returns to Offaly and small businesses from all over the country are getting ‘ploughing-ready’ thanks to the Local Enterprise Offices. Under plans for the ‘Local Enterprise Village’, launched today (June 20th) by the Minister for Trade, Employment and Business .... Read More

Kildare Show - The Kildare County Show will take place on Sunday 17th of June at 11.00am in the GAA grounds in Athy, Co Kildare. This will be an action packed day of fun for all of the family including a Food Fayre, Quality Machinery & Cars, a Dog Show, Bubble Soccer, Sheep Dog Trials, Music & Dancing, .... Read More

Countdown to #Ploughing18 has begun! - Up to 90% of the stand space is booked for this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from Sept 18th – 20th.  This interest in #Ploughing18 is indicative of the success of the event, 15 weeks to go until Europe’s largest outdoor event kicks off preparations are well underway. NPA Managing Director .... Read More

Irish Ploughing Team’s Success in Russia - Welcome Home Reception in Dublin Airport to celebrate the Irish Ploughing Team’s great success at the recent European Ploughing Contest in Suzdal, Russia – Liam O’Driscoll from Bandon, Co Cork who beat off stiff competition to win first place at the European Competition and Dan Donnelly from  Blackwater, Co Wexford who came 1st the stubble .... Read More

Innovation Arena Awards open for applications - Total prize fund to the value of over €80,000 Embargo, Friday 6 April 2018 Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation ArenaAwards at the National Ploughing Championships, in conjunction with the Irish Farmers Journal, are now open for applications from Irish companies within the agri sector. The awards will take place within the popular Innovation Arena at the heart .... Read More

All Roads Lead to NPC ’18! - Top Oil, the official fuel sponsor of this year’s National Ploughing Championships have joined forces again with the NPA, following several successful years, to brand more than one hundred road-sign billboards nationwide reminding the country that “the Ploughing” in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 18th to 20th is fast approaching. At the Top Oil/Ploughing .... Read More

The search is on for Ireland’s best Junior Baker! - Winning Lemon Drizzle Cake to be stocked in Aldi stores nationwide Aldi will once again this year sponsor The National Junior Baking Competition, in association with Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organization and the National Ploughing Association. The finals will take place in the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in September. The theme of .... Read More

The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2018 is open for entries - €10,000 prize on offer as 2018 National Brown Bread Baking Competition Launches The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2018 is open for entries New for 2018 -  Aldi is encouraging non ICA members to enter through regional Aldi heats Aldi will once again this year sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with .... Read More

Jimmy Grainger RIP - Jimmy Grainger RIP (NPA Life Member and former President and Chairman) Jimmy Grainger an NPA Director and life member from Kilteel, Naas, Co Kildare has sadly passed away and will be deeply missed by all in the National Ploughing Association.  His absolute dedication and whole-hearted contribution to the NPA has spanned several decades.  He was .... Read More

Irish Ploughing Team Take-On The World and Win - Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland with the announcement of the Irish Teams’ magnificent results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Njoro, Kenya.  Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr John Whelan and Eamonn Tracey  won first and silver places respectively for Ireland in Kenya.  Wexford .... Read More


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