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Ploughing News 2019

NPA CANCEL TRADE EXHIBITION 2020 BUT HOPE TO RUN 89TH NATIONAL PLOUGHING COMPETITIONS BEHIND CLOSED GATES DUE TO COVID-19 - The NPA have cancelled the National Ploughing Trade Exhibition due to take place in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow from September 15th to 17th but still hope that there will be an opportunity to run the ploughing competitions behind closed gates due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said that “the… .... Read More
2020 NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO RETURN TO BALLINTRANE, FENAGH, CO CARLOW FOLLOWING THE MOST SUCESSFUL YEAR TO DATE - The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh announced at the recent ‘Ploughing Prizewinners Awards Banquet’ that the 89th National Ploughing Championships will return again to the superb site in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow following such as successful event this year.   The site was confirmed as the ideal location for the 2020Championships at the prize-giving… .... Read More
SUN SETS ON THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS OF ALL TIME - As the final flow of traffic departs from the car parks this evening, the total attendance figure for the 88th Championships came to a record breaking 297,000 visitors over the 3 days, with exhibitors and visitors alike thoroughly enjoying themselves making this the  most successful National Ploughing Championships to date. Speaking at the close of… .... Read More
RECORD NUMBER OF 216,OOO VISITORS ATTENDED THE FIRST 2 DAYS OF #PLOUGHING19 - The sun shone bright in a clear blue sky today as 113,500 visitors relished in an electric atmosphere, quite like no other in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow.  This brings the total attendance so far this week to an all-time record high of 216,000 over the first two days.  Speaking this evening, NPA Managing Director Anna… .... Read More
Tuesdays Results - Click the link below to download todays Ploughing results   Results - Tuesday .... Read More
The 2019 NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS ROARS INTO ACTION ON DAY 1 OF THE EVENT’S 88TH YEAR - Spirits were high as visitors poured onto the site from early morning and the day didn’t disappoint the 102,500 attendees as clear blue skies shone throughout the day, shoppers and agricultural enthusiasts joined celebrities and politicians on over 30km of metal roadway to experience a great day out.  From farming to fashion, artisan foods to… .... Read More
GREAT EXCITEMENT AS COUNTDOWN IS NOW WELL UNDERWAY TO ‘PLOUGHING 19’ - 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… .... Read More
IRISH PLOUGHING TEAM ARE SILVER WINNING CHAMPIONS - 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… .... Read More
THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL PLOUGHING & FBD: KEEPING YOU SAFE PROJECT SET TO RETURN FOR THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIPS - 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… .... Read More
ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO SPONSOR BEST DRESSED ‘COUNTRY STYLE’ LADIES COMPETITION AT THIS YEAR’S PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Following the success of last year’s partnership Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will again sponsor this year’s Best Dressed ‘Country Style’ ladies competition. The exclusive prize worth €7,000 includes a pair of return flights from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, a four-night stay in luxury 5-Star accommodation and two complimentary passes… .... Read More
A SNAPSHOT OF IRELAND’S SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT PLOUGHING’S LOCAL ENTERPRISE VILLAGE - The Local Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships will provide a snapshot of the cream of the crop of Ireland’s small businesses according to Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, who launched the Local Enterprise Office initiative today in Dublin. The Local Enterprise Village will feature over 30 small businesses,… .... Read More
#PLOUGHIING19 TO BE FUELED BY TOP OIL - Over one hundred Top Oil billboards are located around the country advertising #Ploughing19 in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow from Sept 17th to 19th. At the Top Oil/Ploughing launch Anna May McHugh said “it is a very important partnership with Top Oil as the signs remind patrons that it is time to get ready for ploughing.… .... Read More
UNVEILING OF THE 1954 WORLD PLOUGHING CONTEST ‘CAIRN OF PEACE’ MONUMENT - A great crowd attended the 1954 World Ploughing Contest ‘Cairn of Peace’ monument as it was unveiled in the centre of Killarney, Co Kerry at the weekend, for a very joyous and historic occasion. Each year a ‘Cairn of Peace’ is erected in the location where the competition was run and it is was fantastic… .... Read More
Brown Bread Baking Competition – €15,000 prize -  €15,000 prize on offer as National Brown Bread Baking Competition Launches for 2019!  The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2019 is open for entries.   Aldi will once again this year sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). Relaunched five years… .... Read More
Applications open for County Carlow companies to be part of inCarlow Pavilion - Applications open for County Carlow companies to be part of inCarlow Pavilion for the 2019 National Ploughing Championships Over a quarter of million people are expected to descend on County Carlow during 2018 for the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow on 17th-19th September 2019 and today (2nd April 2019) , Carlow County… .... Read More
Applications Open for the Innovation Arena - Applications Open for the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships Top prize fund of €15,000 for overall winner of the Innovation Arena 2019 Applications for the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena and Awards at the National Ploughing Championships, in conjunction with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) are now being accepted. Irish agri companies are invited… .... Read More
Team Ireland take on the World and Win again - Congratulations have been pouring in from all over the country for the victorious Irish Ploughing team. At the weekend's European Ploughing Championships, which took place in Ballinaboola, Co Wexford where 13 countries took part the Irish team were triumphant yet again with Martin Kehoe & Dan Donnelly both from Wexford winning gold in the conventional… .... Read More
All eyes will be on Ballinaboola for the European Ploughing Championships - The 36th European Ploughing Championships will take place in Springpark, Ballinaboola, Co Wexford, making it the place to be on March 30th & 31st.  With 33 competitors and over 200 European visitors between competitors, judges, coaches and supporters descending on Ireland there will be a truly international flavour.  With teams starting to arrive from 22nd… .... Read More
Record Crowds at the First Public Organising Meeting for This Year’s National Ploughing Championships - There was a massive crowd at the first packed public meeting to plan ahead for this year’s ‘Ploughing’ in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow from September 17th to 19th.  There was huge enthusiasm and positivity from the floor in anticipation of this year’s event. Current World Ploughing Conventional Champion, Garryhill local Eamonn Tracey opened the meeting… .... Read More
2019 Championships in Co Carlow! - The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh was delighted to announce yesterday evening at the 'Ploughing Prizewinners Banquet' that the 88th National Ploughing Championships will be held on a superb, centrally located site in Co Carlow from September 17th to 19th. The site was confirmed as the ideal location for the 2019 Championships at the… .... Read More

Ploughing News 2018

2019 Championships in Co Carlow! - The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh was delighted to announce yesterday evening at the 'Ploughing Prizewinners Banquet' that the 88th National Ploughing Championships will be held on a superb, centrally located site in Co Carlow from September 17th to 19th. The site was confirmed as the ideal location for the 2019 Championships at the… .... Read More
SUN SHINES ON THE FINAL DAY - As the traffic flows from the car parks this evening, the total attendance figure for the 2018 National Ploughing Championships came to a total of 240,700 over the 3 days, there was a more relaxed mood today with visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves on the final day of this year’s Ploughing Championships. Speaking at the close… .... Read More
THE INDOMITABLE IRISH SPIRIT ROARS ON AT DAY 2 - Despite the destructive appetite of Storm Ali and her best efforts to put paid to the National Ploughing Championships, exhibitors, contractors, service providers, the NPA team and local volunteers put in a mammoth effort and returned the site to all its glory, and as a result it was business as usual this morning for Day… .... Read More
PLOUGHING #18 KICKED OFF IN TRUE ‘PLOUGHING’ STYLE - Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric despite the occasional shower, visitors poured in the gates from early morning to embrace the ‘Ploughing’ experience. With 97,500 attendees enjoying everything from farming to fashion, artisan foods to top-of-the range machinery, quality livestock and ploughing competitions of an excellent standard. This year’s event is the perfect example… .... Read More
Only Two Weeks To Go Until The Most Anticipated Event of the Year #PLOUGHING18 - GREAT EXCITEMENT AS THE COUNTDOWN IS NOW UNDERWAY With just under two weeks to go to the staging of Europe’s largest outdoor event, the site in Screggan, Tullamore is really taking shape for this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Today the national media were treated to an exciting preview of what to expect, as the event… .... Read More
Irish Team Take on the World and Win! - 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 Einsiedel, Germany.  Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr Eamonn Tracey and Mr John Whelan won 1st and 2nd places respectively for Ireland at the World Ploughing Contest. … .... Read More
‘Machine of the Year’ award - The ‘Machine of the Year’ award is open to all machines launched/manufactured since the last National Ploughing Championships.  Entries must currently be in manufacture and all machines should have a practical use in agriculture and will be exhibiting at Ploughing 2018.  NPA Assistant Managing Director Anna Marie McHugh said “There was great interest with entries… .... Read More
Small businesses get ‘ploughing-ready’ - In thirteen weeks’ time, the National Ploughing Championships (September 18th – 20th), Europe’s largest outdoor event, returns to Offaly and small businesses from all over the country are getting ‘ploughing-ready’ thanks to the Local Enterprise Offices. Under plans for the ‘Local Enterprise Village’, launched today (June 20th) by the Minister for Trade, Employment and Business… .... Read More
Kildare Show - The Kildare County Show will take place on Sunday 17th of June at 11.00am in the GAA grounds in Athy, Co Kildare. This will be an action packed day of fun for all of the family including a Food Fayre, Quality Machinery & Cars, a Dog Show, Bubble Soccer, Sheep Dog Trials, Music & Dancing,… .... Read More
Countdown to #Ploughing18 has begun! - Up to 90% of the stand space is booked for this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from Sept 18th – 20th.  This interest in #Ploughing18 is indicative of the success of the event, 15 weeks to go until Europe’s largest outdoor event kicks off preparations are well underway. NPA Managing Director… .... Read More
Irish Ploughing Team’s Success in Russia - Welcome Home Reception in Dublin Airport to celebrate the Irish Ploughing Team’s great success at the recent European Ploughing Contest in Suzdal, Russia – Liam O’Driscoll from Bandon, Co Cork who beat off stiff competition to win first place at the European Competition and Dan Donnelly from  Blackwater, Co Wexford who came 1st the stubble… .... Read More
Innovation Arena Awards open for applications - Total prize fund to the value of over €80,000 Embargo, Friday 6 April 2018 Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation ArenaAwards at the National Ploughing Championships, in conjunction with the Irish Farmers Journal, are now open for applications from Irish companies within the agri sector. The awards will take place within the popular Innovation Arena at the heart… .... Read More
All Roads Lead to NPC ’18! - Top Oil, the official fuel sponsor of this year’s National Ploughing Championships have joined forces again with the NPA, following several successful years, to brand more than one hundred road-sign billboards nationwide reminding the country that “the Ploughing” in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 18th to 20th is fast approaching. At the Top Oil/Ploughing… .... Read More
The search is on for Ireland’s best Junior Baker! - Winning Lemon Drizzle Cake to be stocked in Aldi stores nationwide Aldi will once again this year sponsor The National Junior Baking Competition, in association with Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organization and the National Ploughing Association. The finals will take place in the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in September. The theme of… .... Read More
The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2018 is open for entries - €10,000 prize on offer as 2018 National Brown Bread Baking Competition Launches The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2018 is open for entries New for 2018 -  Aldi is encouraging non ICA members to enter through regional Aldi heats Aldi will once again this year sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with… .... Read More
Jimmy Grainger RIP - Jimmy Grainger RIP (NPA Life Member and former President and Chairman) Jimmy Grainger an NPA Director and life member from Kilteel, Naas, Co Kildare has sadly passed away and will be deeply missed by all in the National Ploughing Association.  His absolute dedication and whole-hearted contribution to the NPA has spanned several decades.  He was… .... Read More
Irish Ploughing Team Take-On The World and Win - Congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from all corners of Ireland with the announcement of the Irish Teams’ magnificent results over the weekend from the World Ploughing Contest in Njoro, Kenya.  Ireland’s representatives on the world stage, Mr John Whelan and Eamonn Tracey  won first and silver places respectively for Ireland in Kenya.  Wexford… .... Read More
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Exhibitor News

Bus Éireann @ NPC - Bus Éireann drew great interest from crowds yesterday bringing extra fun, colour and excitement to its activation this year. On site Bus Éireann have buses, bus props, prizes and much more.  Come find us at Block 3, Row 21 and Stand 459 and see for yourself! .... Read More
Farmers warned about hidden dangers from confined spaces on farms - Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, today officially opened the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Farm Safety exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh, County Carlow. At the event, Minister Breen launched a new HSA publication on ‘Confined Spaces in Agriculture’, which… .... Read More
Beechill Bulbs -  A few snaps of some of the special items on the Beechill Bulbs stand for the next 3 days. Please go to for more info .... Read More
Peter McVerry Trust – Empty Homes Panel – Thursday 19th September - Event:  Panel Discussion on Empty Homes and the Reviving of Ireland’s Rural Towns Date & Time: 11.00am, Thursday 19th September 2019 Location: Row 36, Block 4, Stand 692 Event Details: Peter McVerry Trust will host a panel discussion looking at how we can regenerate rural towns and villages by reusing empty buildings. The panel will… .... Read More
Peter McVerry Trust – Rural Homelessness Report Launch – Tuesday 17th September - Event: Launch of Peter McVerry Trust’s Report on Rural Homelessness Date & Time: 11.00am, Tuesday 17th September 2019 Location: Row 36, Block 4, Stand 692 Event Details: Peter McVerry Trust will publish a new report examining rural homelessness in Ireland. The report will look at the number of people now impacted by homelessness and the… .... Read More
UCD - UCD are delighted to attend the ploughing again this year and would appreciate any support that you can offer. During the course of the three days we have a number of activities planned. We will have live food science experiments in our marquee each day. We are launching our new Undergraduate Prospectus for 2020 which… .... Read More
World’s 1st Mist-Sensation Shower - OMCO HIGASHINIHON INTERNATIONAL T/A AMANE HEAVENLY RAIN are delighted to launch the “World’s 1st Mist-Sensation” Shower and the "World’s 1st Shower Tab" for the first time outside Japan at the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland. Come visit our stand in THE HUB (stand 648) you’ll be amazed at the difference this innovative shower makes to… .... Read More
Atlas Lift Trucks - We at Atlas Lift Trucks will be introducing the Everun ER2500 telescopic wheel loader which has a capacity of 2500 kgs, a reach of 4500 mm, an 80 hp diesel engine, air disc brakes and luxury cabin for 25,000 euro plus vat. Also we are showing the Heli CHL All Terrain forklift which has a… .... Read More
Dairymaster - Dairymaster will be at stand no. 93 in Block 2 on Row 4 showcasing the latest in dairy equipment and milking technology. For the first time, Dairymaster has introduced artificial intelligence to rotary milking systems and their Mission Control  system- shortlisted for an award will be on display at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena on stand… .... Read More
Bambrew - Bambrew are a small start up business based in Milltownpass, Co Westmeath. The company was started by Siobháin & René in November 2018 as they felt they had to do something to stem the tide of all the plastics being used daily in Ireland, where the plastic more than likely ends up floating in the… .... Read More
Irish Kidney Association-organ donor awareness at National Ploughing Championships - The first day of the National Ploughing Championships 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of a hugely significant organ donor awareness event. The 17th September 2009, ten years ago, was the day when Emmy Award winning screenwriter Frank Deasy passed away from liver cancer. An radio  interview just days before with his old friend RTE broadcaster… .... Read More
homer - What is homer? For those seeking to reconnect with a move back to their home place or those downsizing on their family land, homer offers a practical, affordable, alternative to the standard planning process. With considered, energy-efficient designs and a transparent online process, homer navigates all areas of the planning application. Planning Expertise homer provides… .... Read More
Take the IT Carlow Tractor Challenge at the National Ploughing Championships! - Do you fancy your chances in a ‘Formula 1 Tractor’ challenge? Could you beat All-Black Richie McCaw’s 1km time of one minute on a Watt Bike? Can you jump like an elite athlete or handle creepy crawlies calmly? Visitors to this year’s Ploughing Championships (17th-19th September) will have the opportunity to find these out and… .... Read More
MAD MARCH HARE AND THE REVIVAL OF POITÍN - Quietly distilled in West Cork, Mad March Hare Irish Poitín is part of a national revival of Poitín as an emerging, modern, innovative and vibrant category, led by independent Irish producers. Poitín is of the oldest spirits in the world, dating from the 6th century, and was traditionally the spirit of choice for the average… .... Read More
Waikato Milking Systems offer complete solution for farmers in Ireland - Milking parlours and dairy management systems, designed to make life easier for farmers and their cows, will be part of the product offering from Waikato Milking Systems at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.   The company’s European sales manager Gillian Fullerton-Smith said she is looking forward to showing farmers how the Waikato brand can help them… .... Read More
Irish Heart Foundation offering free heart health checks at the National Ploughing Championships - Blood pressure & pulse checks, lifestyle advice and heart health information at Row 31, Stand 653   Dublin, 09 September 2019: The Irish Heart Foundation is calling on farmers and attendees at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Fenagh, Co. Carlow to visit its stand at Row 31, Stand 653 from September 17th – 19th… .... Read More
Proudly Made in Africa - We are a social enterprise focused on trade not aid with Africa – our goal is to create jobs in Africa through building market links with the world.  We believe helping people earn their own living enables them to lift themselves out of poverty and stop relying on handouts.    On our stand next week,… .... Read More
Landini introduces114-140hp V-Shifttractorwith CVT transmission at The Ploughing - A new Landini tractor that brings all the control, efficiency and driver comfort benefits of a stepless CVT transmission lower down the horsepower scale will make its first appearance in Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships in September. The Landini 6-145C LS V-Shift is a variant of the popular 6C Series, previously only available with… .... Read More
McCormick tractors for tillage and grassland to feature at The Ploughing - Active on-farm demonstrations by dealers in Ireland have helped bring home to farmers the features and benefits of the latest crop of higher-horsepower McCormicktractors that will be exhibited at The Ploughing – the Irish National Ploughing Championships being held on September 17-19 at Ballintrane, Co Carlow. The 205hp boosting to 225hp flagship of the McCormick… .... Read More
Irish Angus Exhibition Centre – THE place to be at the National Ploughing Championships 2019! - The Irish Angus Exhibition Centre at the National Ploughing Championships will be a hive of activity throughout the three-day event, featuring an impressive display of elite Irish Angus cattle, exhibits from secondary school students taking part in the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition and much more!   Schools competition The stand will host five secondary… .... Read More
Kiernan Milling celebrating 40th Anniversary -   Our 12th year at the ploughing…. Very family friendly stand….meet our kid goats, alpaca’s, lambs, ducks, pedigree animals, heifers, pups and hatching eggs over the three days. Family run business producing 365,000 tons of feed annually building new mill for additional 200,000 tons You Tube channel - Facebook – Twitter -… .... Read More
Kiwi Country Clothing - We sell Farm boot socks you don’t wash Workwear farm coats which do not rear on barbed wire... a first for Ireland!! Hand made comfy underwear..fanny and Freddie Adam's Now working with a range of Irish hospitals providing solutions for pain control in hands feet, knees etc..which they confirm 100% success rate.. .... Read More
O’Donovan Engineering 40th years in business - This is our 40th year in business, a big deal for us as we move into the second generation of the O’Donovan family with Deirdre and Damien junior now leading figures in the company. At O’Donovan Engineering, our motto is “quality and innovation give us the edge” – and this is the standard we hold… .... Read More
Craft Shapes Ireland Local Family Business to take a stand at the National Ploughing Championships for the first time - Craft Shapes Ireland is a family run business based on a family farm in Bunclody, 10 Miles from this years NPA site. Brain Child of husband and wife duo Melvin and Maria Porter the young business is to exhibit at the national ploughing for the first time this year. “ We are so excited at… .... Read More
SCHURR Cow-Brush - This year we do have a new SCHURR cow-brush with SOLAR PANEL with us! New product for Ireland - see pics attached. Best cow-comfort with "GREEN" power for Irish farmers. It's ideal for irish farmers to help to increase the milk performance of their irish cows!   For further information please contact me. Or come to… .... Read More
Waikato Milking Systems helps farmers convert to rotary milking platforms - Former Olympian Jamie Costin admits to being a bit nervous about the logistics of installing a new rotary milking machine to replace his tired herringbone system.   “It was a big undertaking, I had electricians, plumbers and all sorts around our farm. I’m not a building site manager but I just took a lot of… .... Read More
AgriNet Celebrates 25 years - AgriNet, also known as IFC is celebrating 25 years in the agricultural I.T industry this year. AgriNet prides its self in keeping ahead of the curve when it comes to real–time herd and cash flow management, as well as Grassland management for international clients. The National Ploughing Championships is the ideal place to launch new… .... Read More
Animax - Dr. Elizabeth Berry BVSC, PhD, MRCVS, Veterinary Director with Animaxconfirms that all of their Allsure® boluses contain Selenium Selenite and authorised for use with sheep, lambs, and cattle. Many farmers are unaware that since July 17, 2019 Selenium Selenite is the only Selenium approved by theEFSA (European Food Standard Agency)as a feed additive for use in… .... Read More
THE ECOMONY AND YOU: PROGRESS OR PAIN? - Austin Hughes Chief Economist at KBC Bank Ireland will host a series of seminars at the KBC Dome on 2 days ( Block 4, no 345).   THE ECOMONY AND YOU: PROGRESS OR PAIN? Wednesday 18th September 12:30pm & 2:30pm Thursday 19th September 12:30pm & 2:30pm .... Read More
“A home that ticks all the boxes” - Big Red Barn will next month introduce their new home to the market. A home that ‘ticks all the boxes’ - affordable; faster to build, low carbon footprint, customisable, reduces building waste by 52% and is delivered in a turn-key condition. Using modern methods of steel-frame constructionfrom fully and independently certified designs, the off-site manufacturing… .... Read More
EcoPods launch their high-quality alternative to a permanent build at The National Ploughing Championship - EcoPods are a new Irish company, who in advance of their national launch are bringing their new product to the National Ploughing Championship on 17-19 September in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow. This will be an opportunity for visitors to tour two EcoPods – one set up as a living space and one as a working… .... Read More
Electric Scooters at Ploughing for the first time - As this is our 1st time exhibiting at the Plough championship we have an amazing giveaway for the attendees to take part in. You might have seen a lot of coverage about the legality of electric scooters on the news lately, Minister Ross recently announced a Public Consultation Process to decide if electric scooters (now… .... Read More
Blacksmith Demonstrations in the Vintage Area - I am on stand 133 by the vintage area this year. I will be doing Blacksmith demonstrations and have some pieces on display. My primary focus is to keep my craft alive. In Ireland we have a very rich history of forged heritage ironwork, most noticeably around churches and buildings of historical interest. I am… .... Read More
Glendun Plant Sales Limited first time ever at Ploughing - Glendun Plant Sales Limited, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, are dipping their toe in the water with their first ever appearance at a NPA event. Director of Sales and Marketing Dermot Cunnie commented : We visited the show last year at Tullamore and were very impressed not only with the footfall but with the range of exhibitors… .... Read More
Husqvarna Automower® Treasure Hunt! - A Husqvarna Automower® is a machine you wouldn’t be incorrect to think has come from the future, space or even better, BOTH. When the geniuses  at Sweden first came up with the concept a few heads took a sharp turn, but here we are over 20 years later. A point in human-kinds history where we are… .... Read More
Hyundai Power Products - We are excited to be using the Show to  launch our recent appointment as Irish Distributors for Hyundai Power Products. The range includes Generators, Welders, Compressors and Water Pumps, all of which will be on display on our stand Block 1 Row 21 Stand 475. Specialist technical representatives from Hyundai will be on hand to… .... Read More
Launch of Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Stand at the National Ploughing Championships 2019; 3:00p.m. August 15 - Bishop Denis Nulty and members of the Diocesan Ploughing Steering Group gathered today on the site of the National Ploughing Championships at Ballintrane, near Fenagh, Co Carlow to launch the Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Stand. Bishop Denis is delighted to welcome the Ploughing Championships back to the diocese and is looking forward to hosting the… .... Read More
FRS Launch New Approach to Farm Staff Management - FRS Farm Relief are launching the new Farm Staff Partnership at the National Ploughing Championships this year. The Farm Staff Partnership is a fresh new approach by FRS to help farmers manage their year-round staffing requirements. Farmers now have the opportunity to get their staffing needs assessed by FRS farm staff management specialists and improvement… .... Read More
McAree Engineering - The 2019 Ploughing Championships will see the launch of a number of innovative animal feed storage solutions by Monaghan based, McAree Engineering who design and manufacture the market leading V-Mac range of bulk feed storage silos. A new large, open top silo with a flip lid will be on display providing livestock farmers with a… .... Read More
National Welly Throwing Comp with Portwest - Some of the highlights for us this year will include the firm favourite National Welly Throwing Championships which we host every year! This year we hope to have a record number attempt the challenge with local charities being the beneficiaries of the event, including Carlow Mental Health Association.  This local charity works to promote positive… .... Read More
New range of Bobcat AGRI telehandlers. - This year, we will have the official Irish launch of the new range of Bobcat AGRI telehandlers. We will have 3 x models on the stand for the first time ever and a number of people directly from the brand in attendance. In conjunction with this, Bobcat have launched a 5 year 0% Finance offer… .... Read More
New Doosan and Bobcat Machines at Ploughing Show  - Adare Machinery, the Limerick-based Doosan and Bobcat dealer, will have the company’s largest ever stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, being held at Ballintrane, Fenagh in County Carlow, Ireland from 17-19 September 2019. This is the 88th National Ploughing Championships and it will feature the most impressive array of new Doosan and Bobcat products… .... Read More
New opportunities for farmers in premium grains - Glanbia Ireland plans to double the acreage of gluten-free oats   Glanbia Ireland is aiming to extend the acreage sown to gluten-free oat crops amid increasing demand amongst consumers for these products. Farmers are being urged to come and talk to the Glanbia Ireland Agronomy Team at the Ploughing Championships - Block 2 - Row… .... Read More
Nurney National School Fundraising - Nurney national school who along with our partners St John's church and Nurney villa soccer club are fundraising at the ploughing with a draw with a holiday theme. We ve a €2000 holiday voucher, a bbq, a stena line voucher for a ferry trip and a hamper of local artisan products. We re located at… .... Read More
Ombundsman for Children - We are delighted to be attending the Ploughing again this year. We are looking forward to meeting with children and young people from all over the country, as well as with parents and those who work with children. At our stand we will be carrying out children's rights workshops with small groups of children. These… .... Read More
See the STIHL MS 500i electronically controlled fuel injection Chainsaw first at Ploughing Championships 2019! - STIHL have introduced the new chainsaw that every professional user will want – the MS 500i. The world’s first petrol chainsaw with electronically controlled fuel injection will be lighter than current saws, but will produce optimum performance, accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in only 0.25 seconds. You can see this saw at ISE Forest &… .... Read More
Shanahan Power Ltd has been appointed, in the last few weeks, as the Irish Dealer for JCB’s Power Product Range of Diesel Generators. - We are using the Ploughing Championships as our Platform for the Product Launch to give us a chance to introduce the JCB Generator Range into the market place, raise product awareness, raise awareness of Shanahan Power and show the benefits of using the JCB Range of Diesel Generators. Shanahan Power Ltd was set-up in February… .... Read More
STIHL BR 800 C-E – The most powerful professional blower from STIHL can be seen for the first time at Ploughing Championships 2019 - The new BR 800 is STIHL’s most powerful backpack blower to date. Designed with both power and comfort in mind, this machine is a fantastic choice for local authorities, landscapers and contractors with enough strength to take on the toughest jobs with ease. You can see this new powerful blower at ISE Forest & Garden’s… .... Read More
Vogelsang Ireland will be hosting continuous workshops on the ExaCut distributor - Vogelsang Ireland will be hosting continuous workshops on the ExaCut distributor covering aspects of design, operation and preventative maintenance. The demonstration is a great opportunity for farmers, contractors and staff from slurry machinery manufacturer/dealers to get a better understanding of the ExaCut’s components and functions to ensure optimal performance in the farm. The ExaCut precision… .... Read More

Facts & Figures

Below are some of the Facts & Figures from the event:
 *These figures refer to an economic report carried out in 2011. In 2017 over 100,000 more visitors attended the event.

  • Visitors to the Championships spent just under €36.5 million during the three days of the event. This spending resulted in a tax take of over €6.6 million for the National Exchequer
  • 80% of attendees at the event were not local
  • Gender profile is 37% female, 63% male
  • Machinery is the main attraction in the Trade Exhibition
  • Personal shopping accounted for over €7 million
  • Trade purchases were in excess of €9.6 million
  • Food expenditure accounted for €9.5 million

The breakdown of the socio-economic groupings attending are as follows:

  • ABC1: 31%
  • C2DE: 34%
  • Farmer: 35%

The breakdown frequency of attendance at the Championships is as follows:

  • Annually: 58%
  • First time: 18%
  • Every few years: 13%
  • Every second year: 8%
  • Other: 3%

Age Profile:

  • 16-19 yrs: 6%
  • 20-30 yrs: 21%
  • 31-40 yrs: 22%
  • 41-50 yrs: 24%
  • 51-60 yrs: 17%
  • 60+ yrs: 10%

Video Footage

2017 Championships

Click to watch the playlist of various clips from the live stream

2016 Championships

2014 Championships



The National Ploughing Association would like to thank our event sponsors.


















  • COCA COLA– Soft drinks Franchise
  • DAVID CLEGG –Signage
  • SOUTH COAST SALES (Cork) PHILMAC – Information Points
  • GD GENDIST GROUP– Fire & Safety Equipment


  • 1700 Exhibitors
  • 297,000 Visitors
  • Over 300 Competitors
  • Almost 2 million feet of Trade Space
  • Economic Impact of over €35 million