Keeping You Safe Wristband Initiative

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

loved ones while attending the largest event in the Irish farming calendar.”

To get the best price and guarantee ticket availability on the day of your choice book now online  This year there is a new family ticket on offer for 2 adults and 2 secondary school students for the special price of €80.  And all children under 12 years of age are free of charge when accompanied by an adult.