Anna May McHugh, director of the National  Ploughing Championships, watches the start of the Parade of Tractors on the final day of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships ended on a high last night, after attracting 279,500 people over three days.The event, which was held at Ratheni(...)

Anna Marie McHugh, appointed general secretary last year of the World Ploughing Organisation, the first woman to hold this role

All eyes may have been on Kilkenny and Tipperary in Croke Park yesterday but Carlow and Wexford stole a march on them by coming first and third in th(...)

Bernie MacCarthy from  Kilbeggan, WestMeath, competing in the Farmerette Conventional Plough Class, at the National Ploughing Championships, at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Ploughing Championships drew its largest ever crowd on a single day yesterday, with well over 90,000 people going through the turnstiles (...)

Mickey, Cormac and Cathal Mac Connell at the funeral of their brother, Seán Mac Connell, at the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral took place in Dublin yesterday of former Agricultural Correspondent of The Irish Times Seán Mac ConnellHis death earlier in the week at th(...)

Anna Marie McHugh is the first woman to be appointed general secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish team has taken gold and bronze in the World Ploughing Championships in Canada while Northern Ireland has claimed a bronze medal.John Whelan(...)

Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In a high field on a farm just outside Carlow a woman in a bright red coat is scrutinising a corner of freshly ploughed earth. “Nice and straight, (...)