The 1955 National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Jack McManus

This is the month when the earth moves in rural Ireland, as tens of thousands of people go to the National Ploughing Championships to relax and celebr(...)

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, (...)