Visitors


2017 Programme of Events

TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

9.00am

  • Trade Machinery, Livestock and General Exhibition Opens

9:00am to 4:30pm

  • Sheep Shearing: Block 1, Row 14, Stand 303

9.30am

  • Sheep Dog Trials Arena: Block 2, Birr side of the site

10.00am

  • Pony Games: Block 1, Birr side of the site

10.00am

  • Bandstand Block 3 Row 10 Stand 249 : The Willoughby Brothers

10.30am – 2.30pm:

  • 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
  • ntermediate Conventional Plough Class
  • Intermediate Reversible Plough Class
  • Vintage 2 Furrow Trailer Plough Class
  • Under 40 Horse Plough Class

11.00am

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Killina Presentation Secondary School

11.30am

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

12 noon

  • Official Opening by President Michael D Higgins and Blessing of the Grounds by the Clergy. Bandstand: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249

1.30pm

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

1.30pm

  • Aldi Stand: Block 4, Row 10, Stand 250 National Brown Bread Baking Semi-Final

1.30pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: The Duets

2.00pm

  • Enterprise Ireland, NPA & IFJ Innovation Arena: Block 4, Row 12, Stand 286 Award Ceremony

3.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Philip English Duo

3.30pm

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

4.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Setphen Rosney & the Back Axels

5.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Philip English Duo

6.00pm

  • Ploughing Competition results announced from Bandstand: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249

Exhibition closes

 

WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

9.00am:

  • Trade Machinery, Livestock and General Exhibition Opens

9.00am – 4.30pm

  • All Ireland Lamb Shearing Championships: Block 1, Row 14, Stand 303

9.30am

  • Sheep Dog Trials Arena: Block 2, Birr side of the site

10.00am

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: St. Colemans Prinary School, Mucklagh

10.30am – 2.30pm:

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

11.00am

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: The Duets

11.30am

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

12.30pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Derek Ryan

12.00pm

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

1.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249

1.30pm

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

1.30pm

  • Aldi Stand: Block 4, Row 10, Stand 250 National Brown Bread Baking Competition Semi-Final

2.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Michael Sexton

3.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Colin Kenny

3.30pm

  • Fashion Show & Most Appropriately Dressed Awards: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

4.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: The Duets

5.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Michael Sexton

6.00pm

Ploughing Competition results announced from Bandstand: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249

Exhibition closes

 

THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER

9.00am

  • Trade Machinery, Livestock and General Exhibition Opens

9:00am to 4:30pm

  • Sheep Shearing: Block 1, Row 14, Stand 303

9.30am

  • Sheep Dog Trials Arena: Block 2, Birr side of the site

10.00am

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Offaly Comhaltas Group

10.30am – 2.30pm

  • 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 
  • Loy Digging

11.00am

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: The Molgoggers, Cobh

11.30am

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

12.30pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Derek Ryan

12.00pm

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

1.30pm

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

1.30pm

  • Aldi Stand: Block 4, Row 10, Stand 250 National Brown Bread Baking Competition Final

2.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Jig Jam

2.00pm

  • Enterprise Ireland, NPA & IFJ Innovation Arena: Block 4, Row 12, Stand 286 People’s Choice Award

3.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: The Duets

3.30pm

  • Fashion Show: Block 3, Row 28, Stand 637

4.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: Olivia Douglas

5.00pm

  • Bandstand Entertainment: Block 3, Row 10, Stand 249: The Duets

6.00pm

  • Ploughing Competition results announced from Bandstand

Exhibition closes 


Visitor Information

What To Expect At Ploughing ‘17

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. Please see 2017 Traffic Plan for 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 are detailed in 2017 Traffic Plan.

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 2017 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 2017 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

Registered & Un-registered Accommodation Enquiries:
Mid Ireland Tourism,
Birr Technology Centre,
Birr, Co. Offaly
Tel: 057 9120923
info@midirelandtourism.ie
www.midirelandtourism.ie/
www.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 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th Sept. 2018.
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 2018 National Ploughing Championships will be available from 1st June 2018

Facts

  • 1700 Exhibitors
  • 291,500 Visitors
  • Over 300 Competitors
  • Almost 2 million feet of Trade Space
  • Economic Impact of over €35 million
These figures refer to an economic report carried out in 2011. In 2017 over 100,000 more visitors attended the event.