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Results - Monday 19th September

3 FURROW CONVENTIONAL PLOUGH CLASS – JUNIOR

Class: 3 FURROW Junior Plough Class – Monday 19th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Louth

23

Leslie

W alsh

68

51

119

   

Clare

24

Eddie

Hannan

74

61

135

10

125

 

Tipperary North

25

Ciaran

Milne

81

57

138

   

Cavan

26

Andrew

Tully

103

97

200

   

Longford

27

John

Campbell

55

27

82

   

Limerick

28

Pat

O’Riordan

69

61

130

   

Westmeath

29

Andrew

Ennis

68

54

122

   

Cork East

30

Jim

Barrett

98

88

186

   

Wicklow

334

Martin

Barnes

53

50

103

   

Class: 3 FURROW Senior Plough Class – Monday 19th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Kildare

13

Kieran

Dunne

106

98

204

   

Cork West

14

Matthew

Coakley

101

98

199

   

Carlow

15

Richard

Keegan

97

85

182

   

Tipperary South

16

Noel

Howley

101

87

182

   

Wexford

18

Billy

Donnelly

110

102

212

   

Kerry

19

Colm

Dinnen

109

117

226

   

Roscommon

20

Paddy

Beirne

87

86

173

   

Waterford

21

James

Prendergast

108

102

210

   

Laois

22

Alan

Davis

103

98

201

   

Class: U21 Conventional Junior Plough Class – Monday 19th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Offaly

7

James

Mahon

71

75

146

   

Dublin

8

Seán

White

96

98

194

   

Kerry

9

Daniel

Burke

74

63

137

   

Longford

10

Daniel

Haughey

75

69

144

   

Leitrim

11

David

Johnston

46

50

96

   

Galway

12

Gavin

Kelly

91

92

183

   

Class: U21 Conventional Senior Plough Class – Monday 19th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Kilkenny

1

Shane

Doyle

106

114

220

   

Wexford

2

Thomas

Jackman

93

99

192

   

Northern Ireland – Down

3

Jonathan

Lemon

103

104

207

   

Cork West

4

Noel

Nyhan

97

103

200

   

Laois

5

Cormac

Good

78

82

160

   

Cork West

6

Geoffrey

Wycherley Jr.

107

100

207

   

Results - Tuesday 20th September

Class: Intermediate Conventional Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Waterford

59

Maurice

W alsh

91

107

198

   

Louth

60

Enda

McKeown

94

91

185

   

Kilkenny

61

John

Cottrell

103

100

203

   

Longford

62

Sean

Monaghan

102

110

212

   

Mayo

63

Ger

Sheridan

101

103

204

   

Cork East

64

Michael

Lenihan

92

100

192

   

Kilkenny

65

T ony

McGrath

99

108

207

   

Kilkenny

66

T ommy

Cuddihy

100

106

206

   

Laois

67

Padraig

Brandon

123

122

245

   

Donegal

69

Harry

Mallon

101

107

208

   

Laois

70

DJ

McHugh

102

100

202

   

Wexford

71

Frank

Cullen

117

115

232

   

Cork West

72

Gerard

Kirby

104

106

210

   

Offaly

73

Trevor

Cobbe

101

107

208

   

Waterford

74

Philip

Murphy

94

101

195

   

Meath

75

David

Borland

99

105

204

   

Louth

76

Eamonn

McKeown

91

98

189

   

INTERMEDIATE CONVENTIONAL PLOUGH CLASS

Wicklow

77

Liam

Hamilton

87

103

190

   

Offaly

78

Jonathan

Murray

87

93

180

   

Meath

79

Matt

Duffy

91

98

189

   

Kerry

80

Derek

O’ Driscoll

96

100

196

   

Class: Intermediate Reversible Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Westmeath

97

John

Sweeney

48

76

124

   

Tipperary North

98

Joseph

Slattery

112

98

210

   

Laois

99

Patsy

Condron

102

104

206

   

Offaly

100

Dermot

Ryan

102

97

199

   

Tipperary South

101

Tom

Lonergan

109

91

200

   

Limerick

102

Colin

Ruttle

112

105

217

   

Kilkenny

103

Daniel

O’ Dwyer

92

82

174

   

Kildare

104

Cormac

Duggan

91

78

169

   

Kerry

105

Patrick

Boyle

92

84

176

   

Kerry

106

T ommy

McCarthy

104

91

195

   

Cork East

107

Paddy

Harrington

104

84

188

   

Cork West

108

Michael

Wycherley

120

113

233

   

Waterford

109

Jimmy

Cotter

115

107

222

   

Kerry

110

Michael

O’ Halloran

106

111

217

   

Waterford

111

Conor

Butler

97

94

191

   

Wexford

335

Eric

Wickham

103

100

203

   

Class: Senior Conventional Test Match – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

County

Plot No.

Name

Surname

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

    

Total

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

    

Cork West

311

Kieran Coakley

222

95

115

432

   

Longford

312

Anthony Reynolds

201

85

104

390

   

Donegal

313

Matthew Simms

230

101

108

439

   

Cork West

314

Jim Grace

218

102

103

423

10

413

 

Westmeath

315

Christy Carton

235

106

114

455

   

Wexford

316

Sean Keating

241

102

116

459

  

3rd

Carlow

317

Sean Tracey

234

105

116

455

   

Donegal

318

Gary Simms

225

110

132

467

  

2nd

Carlow

319

Eamonn Tracey

249

111

123

483

  

1st

Wexford

320

Martin Kehoe

240

97

121

458

   

Class: Kverneland Reversible Test Match – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

County

Plot No.

Name

Surname

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

    

Total

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

    

Wexford

323

John Whelan

248

117

125

490

  

1st

Offaly

324

Enda Kelly

208

108

92

408

  

4th

Wexford

325

Dan Donnelly

237

119

110

466

  

3rd

Cork West

326

Liam O’Driscoll

204

102

93

399

   

Cork West

327

Ger Coakley

251

126

99

476

  

2nd

Wicklow

328

Tom Donnelly

196

101

83

380

   

Kilkenny

329

Gary Ireland

225

101

72

398

   

Laois

330

James Ryan

205

95

83

383

   

Laois

331

Karl Davis

220

96

71

387

   

Kilkenny

332

Brian Ireland

183

82

58

323

   

Class: U28 Conventional Junior Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Kilkenny

90

PJ

Hartley

92

     

Westmeath

91

Jack

Kearney

32

     

Mayo

92

Shane

Duffy

78

     

Tipperary North

94

Ethan

Harding

93

     

Kerry

95

Shane

Godley

50

     

Class: U28 Conventional Senior Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Kildare

81

Denis

Dunne

101

     

Laois

82

Ian

Corcoran

58

     

Tipperary South

83

Lorcan

Bergin

97

     

Louth

84

Conor

McKeown

110

  

5

105

 

Carlow

85

John

Murphy

109

     

Monaghan

86

Padraig

Deery

70

     

Cork East

87

Jamie

Hayes

90

     

Donegal

88

Lee

Simms

95

     

Cork West

89

James

O’ Sullivan

103

     

Class: U28 Reversible Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Cork West

112

Florence

Wycherley

102

103

205

   

Wexford

113

Jason

Caulfied

103

95

198

   

Kilkenny

114

Conor

Ryan

67

73

140

5

135

 

Wexford

115

Stephen

Whelan

104

116

220

   

Cork West

116

Connor

Farrell

102

108

210

   

Offaly

117

Diarmuid

Bracken

87

92

179

5

174

 

Class: U40 Horse Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Sligo

118

Dean

Hall

55

     

Galway

119

Killian

Lydon

86

     

Cork East

121

Jeremiah

Delaney

85

     

Monaghan

122

Eoin

Hand

96

     

Kerry

123

Johnatan

Trant

87

     

Class: Vintage 2 Furrow Trailer Plough Class – Tuesday 20th Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Carlow

124

Sean

Murphy

92

     

Wexford

126

Jim

Cullen

99

     

Northern Ireland – Down

127

David

Grattan

101

     

Cork West

128

John

Woulfe

82

     

Tipperary South

129

Liam

Morris

59

     

Kerry

130

Aeneas

Horan

100

     

Longford

131

Charlie

Stewart

90

     

Dublin

132

Cyril

McGuinness

85

     

Kildare

133

Paddy

Connolly

94

     

Meath

134

Tom

McCabe

89

     

Wicklow

135

T ommy

Pierce

93

     

Results - Wednesday 21st September 2022

Class: Junior A Conventional Plough Class – Wednesday 21st Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Kerry

136

Michael P

Donegan

107

89

196

  

3rd

Tipperary North

137

Tom

Duffy

102

90

192

  

5th

Mayo

138

Ger

Canny

95

90

185

   

Laois

139

John Paul

Fenlon

85

70

155

   

Cork East

140

Michael

Hannon

83

71

154

   

Kildare

141

Brian

Dunne

92

92

184

   

Clare

142

Patrick

Quinn

98

93

191

   

Kerry

143

Philip

Healy

105

90

195

  

4th

Dublin

144

Barry

White

104

95

199

  

2nd

Clare

145

Frank

Corbett

82

79

161

   

Cork East

146

Joseph

Twomey

90

83

173

   

Westmeath

147

Paul

Daly

85

73

158

   

Galway

148

Eamon

Burke

107

96

203

  

1st

Mayo

149

Paddy

Sheridan

71

67

138

   

Clare

150

Ger

Frost

88

75

163

   

Tipperary South

152

John

O’ Brien Jnr

99

83

182

   

Longford

153

Martin

Reilly

95

84

179

   
 

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Dublin

154

Noel

Sutton

82

85

167

  

1st

Wicklow

155

Robert

Roe

84

80

164

  

2nd

Monaghan

156

Ciaran

McConnon

67

87

154

  

3rd

Sligo

157

W alter

Kivlehan

55

62

117

   

Wicklow

159

Willie

Byrne

53

59

112

   

Westmeath

160

Gerard

Halpin

57

64

121

   

Galway

161

Sean

Gilligan

69

65

134

  

5th

Cavan

162

Patrick

Donnellan

59

51

110

   

Sligo

163

William

Hall

49

47

96

   

Cavan

164

Jim

Vogan

48

47

95

   

Roscommon

165

John

Hanley

57

71

128

   

Monaghan

166

Seamus

McConnon

75

75

150

  

4th

Class: Macra Conventional Plough Class – Wednesday 21st Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Kerry

179

Richard

O’ Mahony

76

    

Wexford

180

Shane

Caulfield

98

   

2nd

Cork West – Carbery

181

Andrew

O’ Donovan

84

    

Leitrim

182

Gavin

Harte

70

    

Cork East – Imokilly

183

William

Mulcahy

101

   

1st

Offaly

184

Gerard

Mahon

92

   

3rd

Class: Farmerette Conventional Plough Class – Wednesday 21st Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Offaly

168

Emma

Gowing

83

    

Cavan

169

Charlene

Magee

61

    

Donegal

170

Kim

McKinney

76

    

Kilkenny

171

Siobhan

Dermody

98

   

4th

Galway

172

Maura

Canning

92

   

5th

Cork East

173

Orla

Hayes

90

    

Kerry

174

Martina

Flynn

90

    

Longford

175

Sinead

Monaghan

100

   

3rd

Laois

176

Lorna

Byrne

81

    

Cork West

177

Ellen

Nyhan

103

   

2nd

Monaghan

178

Joanne

Deery

107

   

1st

Class: Senior Horse Plough Class – Wednesday 21st Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Sligo

185

Colman

Cogan

58

    

Galway

186

Michael

Burke

86

    

Monaghan

187

Noel

Hand

96

   

1st

Galway

188

Gerry

Reilly

93

   

2nd

Kerry

189

Moss

Trant

78

    

Cork East

190

JJ

Delaney

87

   

3rd

Roscommon

191

James

Coffey

53

    

Wicklow

192

Les

Hanbidge

78

    

Class: Vintage 2 Furrow Mounted Plough Class – Wednesday 21st Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Wexford

193

Nick

Cullen

104

112

216

  

1st

Sligo

194

Seamus

McDaniels

40

58

98

   

Wicklow

195

Paddy

Doyle

84

89

173

   

Cavan

196

Padraig

McCabe

55

64

119

   

Cork West

197

John

O’Neill

80

86

166

   

Carlow

198

Liam

O’Reilly

73

94

167

   

Clare

199

W alter

Moroney

68

75

143

   

Kilkenny

200

T ommy

Kielthy

79

80

159

   

Leitrim

201

Michael

Dolan

42

55

97

   

Kerry

202

Mike

Brosnan

45

62

107

   

Donegal

203

Alan

Simms

97

92

189

   

Cork East

204

Phelim

Cotter

69

84

153

   

Louth

205

Gerry

Byrne

63

73

136

4

132

 

Kildare

206

Bobby

Owen

41

62

103

   

Galway

207

Joe

Kelly

58

79

137

   

Tipperary South

208

John

O’Brien

47

66

113

   

Tipperary North

209

Ray

Clancy

93

103

196

  

4th

VINTAGE 2 FURROW MOUNTED PLOUGH CLASS

Dublin

210

Eamonn

White

66

82

148

   

Meath

211

Oliver

Smyth

96

105

201

  

2nd

Waterford

212

Tom

Beausang

101

99

200

  

3rd

Northern Ireland – Down

213

Jack

Moore

78

89

167

4

163

 

Longford

214

Billy

Stewart

56

62

118

   

Laois

215

Austin

Armitage

53

62

115

   

Results - Thursday 22nd September 2022

Class: Novice Conventional Junior Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Roscommon

225

Dylan

Hoare

79

    

Kerry

226

Sarah

Donegan

78

    

Dublin

227

Neasán

Kerrigan

101

   

1st

Mayo

228

Patrick

Biggins

91

   

2nd

Longford

229

Niall

Tully

76

    

Cavan

230

Dean

Reilly

70

    

Meath

231

Eimear

Duffy

90

   

3rd

Louth

232

Paddy

McGuinness

86

    

Sligo

233

Shane

Feely

57

    

Class: Novice Reversible Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Cork West

234

Eugene

O’ Donovan

90

    

Offaly

235

John

Bracken

111

   

1st

Wexford

236

Luke

O’ Dwyer

101

   

2nd

Kilkenny

237

Mark

Srouji

87

    

Kerry

238

Breanndán

W alsh

99

   

3rd

Class: Novice Conventional Senior Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Cork West

216

Katie

Hayes

104

   

1st

Laois

217

Kevin

O’Connor

63

    

Cork East

218

Billy

O’Connell

81

    

Kildare

219

Ailish

Osborne

102

   

2nd

Galway

220

Alannah

Murphy

87

    

Donegal

221

Paul

Sheridan

82

    

Offaly

222

Eoin

Maher

96

    

Kilkenny

223

Kyle

Boukle

100

    

Wexford

224

DJ

Donnelly

101

   

3rd

Class: Special Horse Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Mayo

247

Eamon

McDonagh

79

    

Galway

248

James

Kilgarrif

100

   

1st

Sligo

249

Colman

Cogan

60

    

Wicklow

250

Thomas

Pierce

78

    

Kerry

252

Moss

Trant

81

   

3rd

Cork East

254

Jeremiah

Delaney

89

   

2nd

Class: Standard 3 Furrow Reversible Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Wexford

240

Noel

Byrne

116

   

1st

Donegal

241

Hugh

Gillespie

81

    

Laois

242

Kieran

Lilly

95

    

Tipperary South

243

Sean

O’ Brien

92

    

Cork West

244

Timothy

Lawlor

102

   

2nd

Offaly

245

Frankie

Gowing

101

   

3rd

Waterford

246

Kieran

Hennebry

68

    

Class: Vintage Single Furrow Mounted Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

Wexford

255

Willie

Hayden

92

   

1st

Kilkenny

256

Peter

McDonald

67

    

Cork West

257

Gordon

Jennings

85

   

2nd

Dublin

258

Eoin

Buttle

80

   

4th

Cork East

259

Trevor

Fleming

84

   

3rd

Longford

260

William

Stewart

64

    

Sligo

261

Alex

Hunter

68

    

Tipperary North

262

Jas

Hough

77

    

Donegal

263

Mark

Simms

61

    

Waterford

264

Oliver

Power

71

    

Class: Vintage SF Pedestrian Plough Class – Thursday 22nd Sept 2022

COUNTY

PLOT NO.

Name

Surname

Sheet 1

Gross

Penalty

Nett

Place

W exford

265

Joe

Kehoe

60

   

2nd

Meath

266

Gavan

Duffy

75

   

1st

Clare

267

Francis

Naughton

46

    

Dublin

268

Benny

Usher

42

   

3rd

Dublin

269

Richard

Duffy

56

    

Great excitement as countdown to ‘Ploughing 2022’ begins

With two weeks to go until Europe’s largest outdoor event kicks off, preparations in Ratheniska, Co Laois are seriously taking shape as this green field transforms into the bustling city that will become #Ploughing2022.  There is also an extra buzz this year as Ireland will be hosting the 67th World Ploughing Contest. 

World Ploughing Organization General Secretary Anna Marie McHugh said “It is a massive honour for Ireland to welcome international delegations and their supporters from 28 countries all around the globe.  Where the very best plough men & women in the world will be battling it out to be crowned ‘World Champion’.  International teams have been arriving for the past few weeks and it is fantastic to have some of these teams here with us today.”

Today, the national media were treated to an exciting preview of what to expect at this year’s National & World Ploughing Championships, as the event was officially launched on the site. The media and special guests were entertained by local performers from Laois while prize-winning animals, quality machines, horses and hounds were all on display.

Launching the event, NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said “The Championships not only provides a national stage for showcasing all things that are great about Ireland but also brings together people from all sectors of Irish society both rural and urban, to enjoy three days immersed in country living.

There is also serious international appeal with exhibitors, global buyers and visitors coming from far flung countries such as France, the USA, UK, Uganda, Germany, India, Poland, Ghana, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Saudi Arabia, Lativa and the Netherlands making ‘Ploughing’ the perfect opportunity to show the very best of Ireland’s food, farming & culture.”

There will be millions of euro worth of agricultural and plant machinery on display featuring an extensive range of cutting edge agricultural technology and equipment, with the opportunity to see these in action in the machinery demonstration area. The leading manufacturers and agents will be present with specialist sales advisors and technical experts available for free consultations. 

Certa managing director Andrew Graham; Anna May McHugh, NPA managing director and Mick Mahon, NPA chairman at Certa, Tullamore for the launch of Certa as the official fuel supplier to Ploughing 2022 at Ratheniska, Co. Laois 20th-22nd September next. Photo: Alf Harvey

Certa to fuel this year’s ‘Ploughing’ as all roads lead to Laois this September

Spot a ‘Certa ‘billboard road sign and win tickets to this year’s National Ploughing Championships

NPA are delighted to announce Certa will be the official fuel sponsor for this year’s National Ploughing Championships taking place in Ratheniska, Co Laois on September 20th, 21st & 22nd.  Celebrating this collaboration, over one hundred promotional road sign billboards have been erected at strategic locations throughout the country. 

To be in with a chance to win a pair of complimentary tickets to this year’s event simply take a photo of a sign in your locality and share on NPA/Certa socials (*strictly when safe to do so).

At the Certa/Ploughing launch NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh spoke of how she was looking forward to working closely with Certa in the run up to and during this year’s Championships.  The NPA MD said “I am delighted that Certa are on board this year as the official fuel sponsorship partner of the largest outdoor event in Europe with 300,000 visitors expected throughout the 3 days.

Certa will supply all of the event fuel requirements for the 3 days including fueling all the generators for powering the site, the lighting towers that extend out to a radius of over 30 km from the main site, all the event machinery, upwards of 350 competitors tractors and nearly 50 international competitors who will be battling it out in 67th World Ploughing Contest.” 

Bank of Ireland to Give Away Over 1,000 Hedgerow Plants in Sustainability Drive at National Ploughing Championships

Bank of Ireland is placing an added focus on biodiversity and sustainability at the forthcoming National Ploughing Championships, taking place in Ratheniska, Co Laois between September 20th and 22nd. The Bank, which returns this year as an official event partner of the massively popular annual Ploughing showcase, will be giving away over 1,000 Department of Agriculture approved native Irish hedgerow plants to people visiting its stand on the Ratheniska site.

One of the Bank’s central ambitions at the Ploughing focusses on promoting the importance of enhanced biodiversity and sustainability in supporting customers to make their own green transition. The gifting of these plants acts as a further reminder to people of the journey needing to be travelled in order to meet vital environmental challenges. Bank of Ireland will also have personnel on-hand at its event area on all three days to support customers looking to open new current accounts and directly engaging with its agri-sector customers.

Over 30 small companies set to plough for new business at Local Enterprise Village

Small businesses from across the country will have an opportunity to promote themselves at one of Ireland’s biggest events as part of this year’s Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships from the 20-22nd September in Rathiniska, County Laois.

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see 31 small businesses, one from each LEO, take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village in the heart of the Ploughing Championships, opening their businesses up to almost 300,000 prospective customers across the 3 days of the event.  

There will be a variety of products and services on show for the visitors to this year’s Ploughing Championships to enjoy, which includes food, fashion, agtech products, farm safety equipment, spirits, sportswear and even skincare for animals!

The Local Enterprise Village was launched by Damien English, T.D., Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail along with some of the businesses that will be involved including handmade children’s furniture company Lucy & Me, luxury natural skincare and home products Jo Browne and Donegal designer Bernie Murphy.

Minister English emphasised how positive it is to have this opportunity back for small businesses; “The Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships will showcase the very best of our small business community from across the country.  I look forward to joining with almost 300,000 people at the Ploughing and have the opportunity to meet with some of the businesses embedded in our communities and who are the drivers of local economic growth and job creation.  Visitors to the Village can expect to see the depth and diversity of amazing small businesses who are supported by Government through their Local Enterprise Office.”  

Ploughing 2022 gearing up to be a roaring success as exhibitor bookings are pouring in.

Over 80% of the final 2019 outdoor trade exhibition space is already booked. At this stage of the year some categories are completely full, while other areas have limited space available and  there are still 7 weeks to go until the big event so based on historical evidence there will definitely be more outdoor bookings over the next couple of weeks – as there always are.

Indoor exhibition stands are 95% of the final numbers when compared to 2019 and again there are bookings still flying in.

NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said “it is wonderful to see all of the returning exhibitors and to welcome the large volume of new exhibitors who will be partaking at the first ploughing since 2019, we continue to make a determined effort to improve exhibitor and visitor experience alike and again this year will be no exception with 37 km of metal roadways, hundreds of staff making the event a great experience for everyone that passes through the gates over the 3 days.

Returning after a full 3 year gap – and in the aftermath of the most devastating global pandemic in my lifetime – we are back and we are hosting a World Contest on our comeback with international delegations from 28 counties from right around the world and exhibition figures to date on a par with August 3rd 2019 – I honestly never imagined we could have had such a strong comeback and yet here we are  -all credit to our fantastic and loyal exhibitor base.”

Have you got what it bakes?

The National Brown Bread Baking Competition is back!

The competition, in association with the National Ploughing Association and The Irish Country Women’s Association, has a first prize of €15,000

Do you know someone that has perfected their brown bread baking skills over the past year or perhaps you can rise to the challenge? If the answer is yes, then this is the competition for you! 

ALDI will once again sponsor the National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) for the 8th year. 

All finalists will be contacted by Friday August 12th and will be invited to attend the finals from September 20th – 22nd at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois. This year is a special year for the National Ploughing Association as they host the 67th World Ploughing Contest at the event. 

The competition will open to all members of the public with entrants invited to drop off their freshly baked bread at one of the following ALDI stores on the prescribed date:

The hugely successful Ploughing & FBD: Keeping You Safe Wristband Initiative will return for this year's Championships

NPA MD Anna May McHugh, FBD CEO Tomás O’Midheach and local landowners children Michael and Eóin Quigley and Hayden Hughes launch the popular FBD: Keeping You Safe wristbands initiative for the National Ploughing Championships on this year’s site in Ratheniska, Co Laois. This year’s event will take place on September 20th, 21st & 22nd. Photo: Alf Harvey, no reproduction fee

The Ploughing and FBD: Keeping You Safe child safety wristband project will be an important feature again at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, which will take place in its full entirety for the first time in three years in Ratheniska, Co Laois on September 20th, 21st & 22nd.  This important endeavour will involve the distribution of over 40,000 white wristbands at all of the event entrances, which will allow a contact phone number to be written on the band in case the wearer wanders off amidst the large gathering.  

“We are delighted to be partnering up with FBD again on this excellent safety concept as all can now rest assured that loved ones will be returned safely in case they wander away in the massive crowds that will be in attendance.  With 300,000 visitors expected over the course of the 3 days these wristbands give reassurance and great peace-of-mind to all attending the event and add immensely to visitor experience”, said NPA MD Anna May McHugh.

“A day at Ploughing is a brilliant family day with something of interest for all ages & tastes and children are particularly well catered for with a Playground, Baby Changing Areas, Fun Fair, Pony Games, over 1,000 Animals of all types, Junior Baking Competitions, Sporting Heroes, TV Stars, Sweet & Toy Stands and much more,” she added.

FBD CEO Tomás O’Midheach said “Everyone at FBD Insurance is delighted to return and support Ploughing this year.  We are especially pleased to continue our support for the wristband child safety initiative. Over the years, this important initiative has proved incredibly useful in protecting children should they become separated from their parents or

Exhibitor Bookings Are Pouring In For This Year's National Ploughing Championships As Businesses Avail Of The Special Early Bird Rate

There has been an immense trade interest in exhibiting at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, which will take place in Ratheniska, Co Laois on September 20th, 21st & 22nd.   300,000 visitors are expected to attend Europe’s largest outdoor event, it is widely viewed as the gig of the year highlighting all that is great about Irish companies, food, farming and culture.  To guarantee your space and to avail of a special early bird rate book before May 16th.

NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said, “It is wonderful to see all of the returning exhibitors and to welcome the large volume of new exhibitors, who will be partaking at the first ‘Ploughing’ in three years.  We continue to make a determined effort to improve exhibitor and visitor experience alike, and again this year will be no exception with 30 kilometres of metal roadway, security, lighting, waste removal services, infrastructure and general facilities available on site.”

This year is a particularly exciting one, as Ireland will host the 67th World Ploughing Contest.  World Ploughing Organization General Secretary Anna Marie McHugh said, “it is with great delight that Ireland will welcome ploughing teams and their supporters from 24 countries all over the world where a true masterclass in ploughing will be on display with the most skilled international competitors battling it out throughout the event.” 

To book your trade exhibition space or planning your journey to #Ploughing2022 please call 059 8625125 or email info@npa.ie.

National Ploughing AGM Focus On Plans For Return Of Exhibition & Hosting World Event

Date: Wednesday 27th of April 2022

National Ploughing Association Directors from every county in Ireland attended today’s NPA AGM in Athy, Co Kildare, where a most powerful and productive meeting took place.  A full progress report was presented to the meeting detailing the preparations for the 91stNational Ploughing Championships and 67th World Ploughing Contest taking place in Ratheniska, Co Laois on September 20th, 21st & 22nd.

The focus of the AGM was firmly on plans for the return of the exhibition after a 2-year break due to Covid-19 and the last minute allocation of the 2022 World Contest to Ireland.  The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said, “At the moment it is full steam ahead for this year’s event with bookings pouring in as exhibitors are availing of the special early bird rate until mid-May.  It is fantastic to see such a positive reaction from patrons as they are delighted to see the return of the National Ploughing – it’s a very challenging year for the Association with a huge workload ahead – but we are massively excited to be back with the added honour of holding a World Contest.”

To book your trade exhibition space for this year or planning your journey to #Ploughing2022 please call 059 8625125
or email info@npa.ie.  Follow us on www.facebook.com/nationalploughingwww.twitter.com/npa.iewww.instagram.com/nationalploughing

Agri-innovators and businesses invited to enter Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Competition

  • The Annual Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Competition returns to this year’s National Ploughing Championship in Ratheniska, Co Laois
  • Closing date for applications for the competition, in partnership with the National Ploughing Association, is June 1st

11th April 2022– Enterprise Ireland’s Annual Innovation Arena Awards 2022 have today officially been launched, as the competition physically returns to this year’s National Ploughing Championship event.

The Innovation Arena Competition, which is run in partnership with the National Ploughing Association, is an annual competition that invites businesses and innovators in the agritech sector to enter their pioneering agri-related products and services for consideration. 

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World Ploughing Championships 2022 for Ratheniska. Today 6th April 2022, the executive of the National Ploughing Association announced the World Ploughing for 2022 will be held along with the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois 20 - 22 September. From left: Denis Keohane, John Tracey, John Whelan, Patsy Condron, Anna May McHugh, managing director; Mick Mahon, chairman; Anna Marie McHugh, John Deery, Tom Fahey and PJ Lynam. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Ireland To Host The 67th World Ploughing Contest

Ireland will have the tremendous honour of holding this year’s World Ploughing Contest in Ratheniska, Co Laois on September 21st and 22nd.

World Ploughing Organisation General Secretary Anna Marie McHugh said “I am delighted today to announce that twenty-five countries from all over the globe from Africa to Australia will be participating in this year’s World Ploughing Contest in Ireland.  The very best international ploughing competitors and their teams will be battling it out on Irish soil in September to become supreme World Champions.”

The call came from the World Ploughing Board ‘could another country step up and host the 2022 World Contest’ following the unprecedented cancellation of the event, which had been due to take place this year in Russia.  Over the last couple of weeks many meetings have taken place and the final decision was ratified today by NPA and the World Ploughing Organization – the 67th World Ploughing will take place alongside the Nationals in Ratheniska this September with the National Ploughing Championships starting 20th Sept and Worlds 21st/22nd.

There will be huge excitement in Ireland as the World Ploughing Contest comes to Laois for the first time with crowds of hundreds of thousands in attendance and 1,700 exhibitors expected.
To plan for your National Ploughing Championships experience and journey please see www.npa.ie.  The NPA team can be contacted on 059 8625125 or email info@npa.ie to assist in any way possible.”

World Ploughing Championships 2022 for Ratheniska. Today 6th April 2022, the executive of the National Ploughing Association announced the World Ploughing for 2022 will be held along with the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois 20 - 22 September. From left: Denis Keohane, John Tracey, John Whelan, Mick Mahon, chairman; Anna Marie McHugh, Anna May McHugh, managing director; Patsy Condron, John Deery, Tom Fahey and PJ Lynam. Picture: Alf Harvey.
World Ploughing Championships 2022 for Ratheniska. Today 6th April 2022, the executive of the National Ploughing Association announced the World Ploughing for 2022 will be held along with the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois 20 - 22 September. From left: Denis Keohane, John Tracey, John Whelan, Mick Mahon, chairman; Anna Marie McHugh, Anna May McHugh, managing director; Patsy Condron, John Deery, Tom Fahey and PJ Lynam. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Great excitement as Ploughing Championship's Exhibition Portal opens for first Ploughing in 3 years!

Book Early To Avail Of Early Bird Rates!

The Trade Exhibition portal for exhibitors to book stand space opens today following much anticipation for all details please see www.npa.ie.

The largest outdoor event on the Irish Calendar is set for a fantastic comeback this year after a two-year absence returning to the familiar venue of Ratheniska, County Laois on September 20th21st & 22nd

2019 saw the biggest event to date with an attendance of almost 300,000 and already there is an incredibly positive reaction from exhibitors, patrons and visitors alike for  #Ploughing2022 as companies are anxious to get back trading and people are keen to do business again.

Anna May McHugh NPA Managing Director said, “I’m delighted to be in a position today to announce that the Trade Exhibition Portal for this year’s National Ploughing Championships is now open following a large volume of enquiries and requests from all over the country and significant international interest.

NPA continue to make a determined effort to improve exhibitor and visitor experience alike, and this year will see the biggest area to date allocated to exhibition and demonstrations.  The NPA’s core mission is to create a pleasant, friendly and vibrant place for people, to meet and do business and this is always our priority.”

For information regarding this year’s National Ploughing Championships please see www.npa.ie or call 059 8625125, where our exhibition team will be on hand to assist as you prepare for this year’s event.  Follow the build-up and journey to #Ploughing2022

County Ploughing Match Dates 2022 - 2023

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THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

The National Ploughing Championships first established in 1931 celebrated its 90th anniversary in Ratheniska, Co Laois with the focus firmly back on the Association’s ploughing roots.
A true ‘Ploughing’ master class was on display with the finest ploughmen and women from all over the country battling it out on 150 acres in 22 separate classes over the 3 days as old friend’s reunited and new marvellous memories were made.

Friday 17th September 2021