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Ploughing News 2018

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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Exhibitor News

Firsts for New Bobcat/Doosan Products at Ploughing Show - Limerick-based Bobcat and Doosan dealer, Adare Machinery, will be showing new Bobcat and Doosan products for the first time in Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships, taking place in Screggan, Tullamore in Co Offaly from 18-20 September 2018.  Ireland Launch for New R-Series Mini-Excavators The Ploughing Show will provide the platform for the latest developments… .... Read More
MAD MARCH HARE BRINGS ITS REBELLIOUS SPIRIT TO THE PLOUGHING- Brand at the forefront of the Irish Poitín revival hopes to convert new customers as part of the Irish Food & Beverage section of the festival.    DUBLIN - 10 Sept 2018 —This year has been a landmark one for Mad March Hare Poitín. Since taking the Best Irish Poitín title at the Irish Whiskey… .... Read More
Portwest- Portwest have just launched a new clothing range. The brand is known for designing leisurewear that is practical and comfortable yet stylish. This family run company is the nation’s favourite name in outdoor clothing and have designed clothing for over 100 years. While it is late in the day to ask, I am wondering whether… .... Read More
PEUGEOT TO UNVEIL TRIO OF NEW MODELS AT NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018- Gowan Distributors Limited, PEUGEOT Importers in Ireland, will unveil a trio of new models at the National Ploughing Championships, 18th to 20th September at Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. With over 300,000 visitors expected at the show, the radical new PEUGEOT 508, rugged Rifter MPV and the eagerly-awaited new Partner van will each make their Irish… .... Read More
The Further A Field- We will  have a specifically slingshot game with us called: ‘The Further A Field’. Many of our key target markets purchase lrish Produce, we would like to ask Irish Consumers to catapult our vegetables towards a target. The target will be a Country, we would like our Irish Consumers to target the country they would… .... Read More
Science Foundation Ireland will exhibit at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships- . A variety of interactive science shows and workshops will be on offer for event goers of all age groups including science magic shows, workshops etc. In addition to this we will be promoting the range of education and public engagement programmes that Science Foundation Ireland offer including: What have we in the marquee? -… .... Read More
Aldi Teams-up with 35 of its Irish suppliers & welcomes winners of Grow with Aldi!- The Aldi marquee is back for another year at the National Ploughing Championships #AldiPloughing  The Aldi marquee is back at the National Ploughing Championships with a jam-packed line up throughout the three-day festival which takes place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Entertainment will once again be provided by hugely popular Irish country music star Mike… .... Read More
JFC Agri takes Calf Feeding to the next Level with the Evolution Calf Feeder- Over 30 years ago a TV appearance first highlighted, somewhat humorously, how a farmer could feed six calves at a time using two JFC Multi-Buckets. But now, almost in agri-science fiction style, the firm have launched a revolutionary automated Calf Feeder which can feed over 140 calves without using a bucket. At a time when… .... Read More
Irish Hereford Bursary Competition- For the 3rd Consecutive Year you have the opportunity to Win one of 5 €1,000 Agricultural Education Bursaries Due to the popularity of the Irish Hereford Bursary Competition,over the past two years attracting interest from numerous aspiring students hoping to pursue a career in the agri-sector, we have decided to organise it again for the… .... Read More
The National Ploughing Championships Launches Irish Toy Business to Global Success!- A West of Ireland business goes global with the launch of its model toy fields into the American market as of this September. The National Ploughing Championships back in 2015 provided the successful launch pad for international success for Irish business The Field. Padraic Cuddy, owner of Class Grass Ireland, which supplies superior quality synthetic… .... Read More
Worrell Harvesting- Worrell Harvesting have recently purchased a brand new CBI Chipmax 484VR truck mounted chipper. This is the first machine of its type in the country and is used to manufacture biomass for the rapidly expanding demands of the renewable energy market. This chipper can chip logs and branches/brash at a rate of up to 400… .... Read More
Female led companies will feature strong at Ploughing 2018- Sisters Áine Lecky and Eibhlin Murphy directors of Major Equipment Intl Ltd, based in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo were winners of last years Anna May McHugh Leadership award at the National Ploughing Championships and since then have been concentrating their efforts on reaching world markets.This year they will have new product launches and show case what… .... Read More
Irish Rail- Iarnrod Eireann- This year Irish Rail- Iarnrod Eireann will be taking part at this years National Ploughing. We are building a real level crossing include track and infrastructure. We will be replicating a collision at the level crossing between a train and a car. A real crashed car and replica piece of a train will be used.… .... Read More
Rína Mara- Rína Mara is an Irish owned, family business based in An Spidéal, we harvest wild, organic seaweed on the west coast and combine with natural botanical extracts to create a unique, effective skincare range. All Rí Na Mara products incorporate the purest natural ingredients from marine or plant origin to immerse your skin with proteins,… .... Read More
PVC Fabrications- PVC Fabrications news. We will be showcasing the following at the Ploughing 2018 Our own water pipe & fittings Brand “Gripmax” has launched a new range of Ultra smooth Hydrodare pipe for better flow rates. Available nationwide through leading merchants. Our own brand “Polimax” has launched a range of Poly Transfer shovels &  Nylon drinkers/protectors.… .... Read More
Irish Kidney Association (IKA) stand (no. 666)- At the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) stand (no. 666!!) at the National Ploughing Championships there will be a raffle with first prize a pedigree Friesian heifer while at another stand another heifer, a Simmental, will be raffled with proceeds also going to the charity.  Both heifers were donated by grateful kidney transplant recipient farmers. The… .... Read More
TV chef Catherine Fulvio, Olympic rowing duo The O’Donovan Brothers and architect Hugh Wallace team up with FBD Insurance to attend the National Ploughing Championships  - Well known faces will offer tips and answer questions on topics such as health and wellbeing, home renovation and motor and travel   ‘Walk the Plank’ virtual reality game, Selfie Mirror and range of kiddie friendly events also taking place inFBD tent at the National Ploughing Championships     TV chef Catherine Fulvio, Olympic silver medalistsPaul… .... Read More
Activity-a-plenty at Irish Angus Producer Group Stand at 2018 National Ploughing Championships- The Irish Angus Producer Group’s stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships will feature an impressive display of elite Irish Angus cattle, exhibits from secondary school students taking part in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition and appearances from leading broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan and Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, TD, among others. The… .... Read More
Equine- We will be showcasing our Equine suite products and research on increasing milk yields in cows by 9% using a mobile lighting device. Dr. Barbara Murphy, CSO and Founder will be on site the 19th & 20th (Wednesday & Thursday) fielding questions about our ground-breaking research.  Background Info: Equilume, part of the Circadian Group, head quartered in… .... Read More
Brustibin- “The only Irish produced Household Waste Segregation Bin, Brustibin,  will be exhibiting at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, giving visitors an opportunity to see how easy waste segregation can be.   There has been extensive media coverage over the last twelve months regarding the proper segregation of waste, with waste service providers stating that unless… .... Read More
The Big Red Barn- The Big Red Barn are delighted to announce that we will be having a Mayo Quarter at the ploughing again this year. We have a number of Mayo's most innovative companies in the quarter namely; Big Red Barn's Modular Home Big Red Barn Playhouse Harrington concrete Bo Steel Make a Mark Agri Spread Mayo Animal… .... Read More
Firsts for New Bobcat/Doosan Products at Ploughing Show - Limerick-based Bobcat and Doosan dealer, Adare Machinery, will be showing new Bobcat and Doosan products for the first time in Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships, taking place in Screggan, Tullamore in Co Offaly from 18-20 September 2018.    Ireland Launch for New R-Series Mini-Excavators   The Ploughing Show will provide the platform for the… .... Read More
Shaking up the dairy farm industry- Terra NutriTECH is an award-winning Irish company on the cusp of launching on a global scale. Founders Tom and Padraig Hennessy are game-changers and innovators; determined to revolutionise the dairy farm industry. In designing the Terra NutriTECH Controller, an intelligent mineral dosing system, they help farms to maximise profits by developing smart technology. Innovation is… .... Read More
New DeLaval rotary for Irish and UK farmers- Founded in Sweden over 135 years ago, DeLaval has grown to become a market leader in milking equipment and technology.  Today, the company launched its latest innovation to Irish and UK farmers – the new DeLaval Rotary E100 milking parlour. The E100 is focused around the four customer challenges of: animal welfare; milk quality; farm profitability; and… .... Read More

Facts & Figures

Below are some of the Facts & Figures from the event:
 *These figures refer to an economic report carried out in 2011. In 2017 over 100,000 more visitors attended the event.

  • Visitors to the Championships spent just under €36.5 million during the three days of the event. This spending resulted in a tax take of over €6.6 million for the National Exchequer
  • 80% of attendees at the event were not local
  • Gender profile is 37% female, 63% male
  • Machinery is the main attraction in the Trade Exhibition
  • Personal shopping accounted for over €7 million
  • Trade purchases were in excess of €9.6 million
  • Food expenditure accounted for €9.5 million

The breakdown of the socio-economic groupings attending are as follows:

  • ABC1: 31%
  • C2DE: 34%
  • Farmer: 35%

The breakdown frequency of attendance at the Championships is as follows:

  • Annually: 58%
  • First time: 18%
  • Every few years: 13%
  • Every second year: 8%
  • Other: 3%

Age Profile:

  • 16-19 yrs: 6%
  • 20-30 yrs: 21%
  • 31-40 yrs: 22%
  • 41-50 yrs: 24%
  • 51-60 yrs: 17%
  • 60+ yrs: 10%

Video Footage

2017 Championships

Click to watch the playlist of various clips from the live stream

2016 Championships

2014 Championships



The National Ploughing Association would like to thank our event sponsors.



















  • COCA COLA– Soft drinks Franchise
  • BULMERS– Drinks partner
  • DAVID CLEGG –Signage
  • SOUTH COAST SALES (Cork) PHILMAC – Information Points
  • GD GENDIST GROUP– Fire & Safety Equipment


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