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2018 Programme of Events

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Throughout the Day

  • Vintage Display
  • HSI Young Handler Competition
  • Threshing
  • Pony Games
  • Machinery Demonstrations
  • Meggers
  • Sheep Shearing Demonstrations
  • Food Trail
  • Farm Skills Competition
  • Craft and Cookery Demonstrations
  • Lifestyle Village
  • Funfair
  • Innovation Arena
  • International Business Pavilion
  • Cutting Edge Agricultural Technologies
  • Local Enterprise Village
  • Quality Motor Show
  • Sheep Dog Trials

 

9.00am: Trade Machinery, Livestock and General Exhibition Opens

 

9.00am HSI Young Handler Competition: Block 1, Birr side of the

Site

10.30am – 2.30pm: Ploughing Classes

  • 3 FURROW Conventional Senior & Junior Classes
  • Under 28 Conventional Senior & Junior Plough Classes
  • Under 21 Conventional Senior & Junior Plough Classes
  • Under 28 Reversible Plough Class
  • Intermediate Conventional Plough Class
  • Intermediate Reversible Plough Class
  • Under 40 Horse Plough Class

11.00am Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 Sacred Heart School, Tullamore Choir & Trad group

11.30am Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

12.00pm (noon) Bandstand Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232: Official Opening by President Michael D Higgins and Blessing of the Grounds by the Clergy.

 

1.00pm Pony Games: Block 1, Birr side of the site

1.30pm Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

1.30pm Aldi Stand: Block 4, Row 10, Stand 233 National Brown Bread Baking Semi-Final

1.30pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 The Duets

3.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 The Wrafter Family

3.30pm Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

4.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 Andy Feery and Clarissa Twomey

4.00pm Enterprise Ireland, NPA & IFJ Innovation Arena: Block 4 Row 12 Stand 267 Enterprise Ireland New Zealand Agritech Innovation talk

5.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 The Duets

6.00pm Ploughing Competition results announced from Bandstand

Exhibition closes

 

 

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Throughout the Day

  • Vintage Display
  • Threshing
  • Junior Hunt Chase
  • Machinery Demonstrations
  • Meggers
  • Sheep Shearing Demonstrations
  • Food Trail
  • Farm Skills Competition
  • Craft and Cookery Demonstrations
  • Lifestyle Village
  • Funfair
  • Innovation Arena
  • International Business Pavilion
  • Cutting Edge Agricultural Technologies
  • Local Enterprise Village
  • Quality Motor Show
  • All Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships
  • Sheep Dog Trials

9.00am: Trade Machinery, Livestock and General Exhibition Opens

10.00am Enterprise Ireland, NPA & IFJ Innovation Arena: Block 4 Row 12 Stand 267 People’s Choice Award

10.00am Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 The Duets

10.30am – 2.30pm: Ploughing Classes

  • Senior Conventional Plough Class (Day 1)
  • Senior Reversible Plough Class (Day 1)
  • Farmerette Conventional Plough Class
  • Macra 2 Furrow Conventional Plough Class
  • Vintage 2 Furrow Trailer Plough Class
  • Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted Plough Class
  • Senior Horse Plough Class

11.00am Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 Geraldine & Kinfolk

11.30am Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

12.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3 Row 10 Stand 232 Barry Kirwan

12.00pm Enterprise Ireland, NPA & IFJ Innovation Arena: Block 4 Row 12 Stand 267 Enterprise Ireland Agritech panel discussion

12.00pm Junior Hunt Chase: Block 1, Birr side of the site

1.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 Derek Ryan

1.30pm Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

1.30pm Aldi Stand: Block 4, Row 10, Stand 233 National Brown Bread Baking Competition Semi-Final

2.30pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 The Duets

3.00pm Sheep Shearing: Block 1 Row 14 Stand 283 All Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships Final

3.30pm Fashion Show Best Dressed ‘Country Style’ Awards: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

4.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 Colin Kenny & Alex Roe

5.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 Geraldine & Kinfolk

6.00pm: Ploughing Competition results announced from Bandstand

Exhibition closes

 

 

Thursday 20th September 2018

Throughout the Day

  • Vintage Display
  • Threshing
  • Senior Hunt Chase
  • Machinery Demonstrations
  • Sheep Shearing Demonstrations
  • Food Trail
  • Meggers
  • Farm Skills Competition
  • Craft and Cookery Demonstrations
  • Lifestyle Village
  • Funfair
  • Innovation Arena
  • International Business Pavilion
  • Cutting Edge Agricultural Technologies
  • Local Enterprise Village
  • Quality Motor Show
  • Sheep Dog Trials

9.00am: Trade Machinery, Livestock and General Exhibition Opens

10.30am – 2.30pm: Ploughing Classes

  • Senior Conventional Test Match (Day 2)
  • Kverneland Reversible Test Match (Day 2)
  • Junior Conventional Plough Class
  • Standard 3 Furrow Reversible Plough Class
  • Vintage Single Furrow Mounted Plough Class
  • Special Horse Plough Class
  • Novice 2 Furrow Conventional Senior, Intermediate & Junior Plough Classes
  • Vintage Single Furrow Pedestrian Tractor Class
  • Loy Digging

11.00am Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 Sabrina Fallon

11.30am Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

12.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 The Duets

12.00pm Senior Hunt Chase: Block 1, Birr side of the site

1.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 Derek Ryan

1.30pm Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

1.30pm Aldi Stand: Block 4, Row 10, Stand 233 National Brown Bread Baking Competition Final

2.00pm – 4.00pm: Block 2, Birr side of the site Tug of War Competition

2.30pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 John Molloy

3.30pm Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 30, Stand 624

3.30pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 Olivia Douglas

5.00pm Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 232 The Duets

6.00pm: Ploughing Competition results announced from Bandstand

Exhibition closes


Visitor Information

What To Expect At Ploughing ‘18

Exhibition Arena Open:              9:00 – 18:00
Ploughing Competitions:           10:30 – 14:30
Entertainment Programme:       10:00 – 18:00
Fashion Shows:                          11:30 / 13:30 / 15:30
Visitor Amenities Include…

Over 100 acres of Trade Exhibition
Tracked trade arena to all stands
Free Maps and Stand Listings
Free parking (no hard-core so wear suitable footwear!)
Wheelchair Car Parking
Medical Centre & First Aid
Baby Changing Facilities
Food Courts / Bars
Wheelchair Hire
Media Hub
ATMs
Toilets
Playground
Picnic Areas
WIFI Hotspots
Public Address
Campervan Park
Public Transport
Information Booths
Grandstand Seating
Live Traffic Reports

Guide dogs welcome, however we request patrons not to bring family pets

Remember it’s an Outdoor Exhibition so wear good footwear, and bring a jacket!

 

Over 1,700 Exhibitors Featuring

Energy
Forestry
Livestock
Machinery
Construction
Agri Business
House and Home
Food and Beverage
Health and Wellness
Lifestyle and Tourism
Information Technology
Business and Education

 

Some of The Best Bits to Visit…

Food Fayre
Celebrity Chefs
Cookery/Craft Demonstrations
Auto Arena
Fashion Shows
Most Appropriately Dressed
Irish TV Live Streaming
Machinery Exhibition
Tented Trade Village
Livestock Exhibition
Innovation Arena
National Brown Bread Baking
Junior Baker
Sheep Shearing
Sheep Dog Trials
Live Tractor Build
Ploughing Competitions
Live Radio & TV
Pony Games
Hunt Chase
Treshing
Vintage Display
Funfair
Seminars
Loy Digging
Meggars Competition


Getting There, Access & Parking

 

Getting There:

Travelling by land, air or sea, it’s no problem.  Getting to the Ploughing is easy!

  • DRIVE: Dublin 110 km/ Limerick 109 km/ Galway 110 km/ Cork 210 km/ Belfast 272 km
  • AIRPORTS: Dublin 110 km/ Shannon 135 km/ Knock 150 km/ Cork 210 km
  • FERRYS:
    Dublin 110 km
    Rosslare 163 km

Remember Park at the Ploughing for Free!

Parking:

Car Parking:

Car parks are colour coded according to the route you take to the event. 2018 Traffic Plan coming soon with recommended route details. On arrival to the event you will be directed into the closest car park to the trade arena available at that time. There are images of animals and car park numbers on display at the entrances/exits of every car park to assist you in locating your car park when leaving the event. Please take note of the animal and car park number upon entering the car park.
If you have an Exhibitor Car Park sticker please display clearly on your window screen.

Wheelchair Parking:
There are wheelchair / disability parking spaces allocated in all car parks as close to the event entrances as possible. Please display the official Government issued Disability Car Parking pass in your vehicle upon arrival to the event to be directed to the appropriate car park.

Bus Parking:
Bus parking facilities are provided at the event. If you are arriving on a group organised bus please contact the NPA office before had so we can issue you with the official NPC Bus Parking sticker. Details of Bus Parking site will be detailed in 2018 Traffic Plan coming soon.

Public Transport:

  • Why not relax, leave the car at home and avail of Bus & Train links to Ploughing
  • Tullamore Train Station is only 10 minutes from Ploughing Site!
  • See wwww.irishrail.ie & www. buseireann.ie for timetables

Check local media for coach companies bringing tours to the event

Event Access:

Entering and parking at the National Ploughing Championships is at your own risk.
Entry to the grounds of this event constitutes acceptance of the Rules of Entry to the venue, which will be on display at every entrance.

All ticket / badge holders agree that:

  • They enter the grounds at their own risk
  • Due to the uneven terrain of this venue it is advised to wear suitable footwear as it may at times be difficult to move around freely and easily. As a result, it may not be suitable for those who suffer from certain medical conditions.
  • the organisers of the event and their representatives, agents and licensees accept no liability for any injury of any nature or any loss of, or damage to property suffered whilst at the Championships

Accommodation

Register Your Private Accommodation For Rent or Browse Available Private Accommodation For the 2018 National Ploughing Championships

Please follow below link if you wish to register your private accommodation for rent or browse available private accommodation in close proximity to the site for the 2018 National Ploughing Championships, Screggan. Tullamore, Co. Offaly

 

http://www.visitoffaly.ie/National-Ploughing-Championships-2017/

See www.visitoffaly.ie for further details, or email info@visitoffaly.ie

 


Campervan / Caravan Parking Site

The National Ploughing Association provide an un-serviced site dedicated to Campervan / Caravan parking only for patrons of the National Ploughing Championships which will be accessible on Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th Sept. 2019.
The Campervan / Caravan parking area will be in close proximity to the event site and will have portaloo facilities but you are advised to bring your own water, etc.
This site is for Campervan / Caravan parking only – pitching of Tents is not permitted.

Online Campervan Registration for 2019 National Ploughing Championships will be available from June 2019.


Facts

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