With less than two weeks to go to the staging of Europe’s largest outdoor events, preparations in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow are seriously taking shape as this green field transforms into the bustling city that will be #Ploughing19. Today, the national media were treated to an exciting preview of what to expect at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, as the event was officially launched on the site.

At this morning’s launch, the media and special guests were entertained by local performers from Carlow 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 agricultural, but also brings together people from all sectors of Irish society both rural and urban, to enjoy three days immersed in country living.


Members of Carlow ploughing with Anna May McHugh on site at Ballintrane, Carlow for the launch of the National Ploughing Championships which will be held 17-19 September next.
Photo: Alf Harvey.

There is also serious international appeal with exhibitors, global buyers and visitors coming from far flung countries such as Turkey, 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.

Visitors can take the opportunity to admire the marvellous quality livestock on display and learn about livestock management, genetics, nutrition and healthcare. This year will see the introduction of a new ‘Agritech’ pavilion which will include fascinating interactive demonstrations.

Green is indeed very much the theme of the day as sustainability is key at this year’s Championships with zero percent of the event’s waste going to landfill.

The NPA in partnership with Carlow County Council, the Southern Regional Waste Management Office and AES have agreed a segregated waste collection for the ‘Ploughing’. Visitors will be presented with a three-bin system including; food waste (which will be converted into electricity by an anaerobic digester), mixed dry recyclables and general waste.

NPA Assistant MD Anna Marie McHugh said ‘Watch out for the clear signage in our catering areas and have a chat with the ‘Green Bin angels’ who will be on-hand to give you advice and help you dispose of your waste in the right place. We will also have bottle recycling units throughout the site. Our catering partners are ensuring that as much as possible of their single use items are made from compostable materials and are also offering a 50 cent ‘reusable cup discount’ on all teas and coffees. And Coca-Cola as one of our partners has committed to eliminate more than 3.5 tonnes of virgin PET over the three-day event with their new recyclable packaging initiative.”

There is no doubt that the entrepreneurial spark is alive and well in Ireland with an unprecedented number of diverse and exciting businesses, exhibiting at the “Local Enterprise Village” at this year’s Ploughing Championships. The popular Innovation Arena is set to make a very welcome return with ground breaking technologies and cutting edge ideas that will amaze.

Given the immense popularity of the Food & Lifestyle villages the huge ‘Dome’ marquee with over 100 exhibitors is set to return and to meet demand a new similar indoor ‘Hub’ marquee has been created. The ‘Ploughing’ is a haven for foodies, as all sectors of the food chain are represented from producer to retailer, artisan foods, craft beers, celebrity chefs, cookery competitions and much more.

In the ploughing stakes a particularly strong programme has attracted entries from all around the country and Northern Ireland bringing the number preparing to plough in Carlow to over 300 for the 3 days. This year the introduction of the new ‘Novice’ reversible class will attract more young people into the competition.

All of the firm favourite attractions are set to return this year such as Fashion Shows, Meggers, Sheep Shearing, Hunt Chase, Fun Fair, Food Trail, Craft Demonstrations, Pony Games, Live Music and Dancing, Vintage Ploughing, Threshing, Fun Fair, Loy Digging, Motor Show with celebrities and well known faces everywhere Ploughing 2019 is not to be missed.


Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland with the announcement of the results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Baudette, Minnesota, USA.  Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr Eamonn Tracey and Mr John Whelan both won silver place for Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest.  Carlow man Eamonn Tracey won silver place representing Ireland with an outstanding performance in the Conventional Class.  While neighbouring county Wexford man, John Whelan also secured silver place victory in the Reversible Class.

Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association Ms Anna May McHugh said “this is a fantastic win for both men and Irish Ploughing as a whole. Since winning the nationals last year, the men have been working hard on preparing for the worlds in the USA and all their effort have paid off.  They have done their Country extremely proud. Congratulations and a very well done to both”

General Secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation, Ms Anna Marie McHugh said “Ireland have always been highly respected internationally in terms of producing Ploughmen to compete on the world stage. However, Eamonn and John in particular are held in extremely high esteem not only in Ireland but across the international ploughing community. Another great result such as this for both men further adds to their global reputation as Masters in their field”.

The Republic of Ireland were coached this year by Doneagal man Matthew Simms. Also travelling with the contingent to America was DJ McHugh from Laois acting as Judge. Proud sponsors of the Irish Team and delegation again this year are Kverneland.

Irish Team Sendoff

At the send-off reception to wish the Irish team the best of luck in advance of the World Ploughing Contest in Minnesota, USA on August 30th & 31st. The Irish team is comprised of current World Champion Eamonn Tracey from Carlow, Wexford’s John Whelan, Coach Matthew Simms from Donegal and Judge DJ McHugh from Laois


The Ploughing and FBD: Keeping You Safe child safety wristband initiative will be an important feature again at this year’s National Ploughing Championships following its tremendous success in previous years.  Over 40,000 white wristbands will be handed-out at all of the event entrances, which will allow for a contact phone number to be written on the band in case the wearer wanders off amidst the large gathering.  NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh, FBD CEO Fiona Muldoon and local children launched this enterprise out on the site of this year’s Ploughing in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow taking place from September 17th to 19th.

“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 crowds that attend Ploughing.  With visitors of over 250,000 expected 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.

FBD CEO Fiona Muldoon said “FBD are delighted to continue our support for the ploughing 2019 wristband safety initiative. This popular initiative has being incredibly helpful to help protect our children at the largest event in the farming calendar should they stray or become separated from their parents or loved ones. We hope that all young visitors will wear the FBD wristbands and have a great, safe and fun day at Ploughing 2019.”

The Ploughing and FBD: Keeping You Safe child safety wristband initiative will be an important feature again at this yearÕs National Ploughing Championships following its tremendous success in previous years. Over 40,000 white wristbands will be handed-out at all of the event entrances, which allow for a contact phone number to be written on the band in case the wearer wanders off amidst the crowd. Carlow ploughing cousins with Fiona Muldoon, CEO of the FBD Group and Anna May McHugh, NPA managing director launched this enterprise on the site of this yearÕs Ploughing in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow taking place from September 17th to 19th.
Photograph: Alf Harvey.

A day at Ploughing is a brilliant family day with something of interest for all ages and tastes with children particularly well catered for with a Wheelchair Accessible Playground, Baby Changing Areas, Pony Games, over 1,000 Animals of all types,  Junior Baking Competitions, Amusements, HSI Young Handler Competition, Sporting Heroes, Family Friendly Fish Fun Zone, Sweet & Toy Stands and much more.

Tickets are now available online   HYPERLINK “”  or by phoning 059 8625125. Special student and group rates apply to pre-event orders and all children under 12 are free.