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Ploughing News 2018

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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Ploughing News 2017

Ploughing News 2016

Ploughing News 2015

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



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  • KUBOTA – RTV’s
  • 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
  • 291,500 Visitors
  • Over 300 Competitors
  • Almost 2 million feet of Trade Space
  • Economic Impact of over €35 million