The  National Conventional Ploughing Champion Martin Kehoe and   National Reversible Ploughing Champion Dan Donnelly both from Wexford at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois on Friday. Photograph: Alf Harvey

The final sod has been turned at a scaled back National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois with Wexford men Martin Kehoe and Dan Donnelly(...)

 Zwena McCullough (front) with Jeremiah Delaney and his father JJ Delaney, from Co Cork, during the under 40 horse plough class.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Ladies and gentleman, we’re back,” Michael Mahon, chairman of the National Ploughing Association, roared into the microphone on day one of the three-(...)

Kevin Skelly, Ivan Ryam and Joseph Coyle  tend to  Pushkin  at the opening day of the 2019 Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dublin Horse Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row. Last year’s show was an early casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic and was cance(...)

Campers at Electric Picnic,  Stradbally Co Laois.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Electric Picnic promoter has said it hopes to go ahead with the festival if the Government’s vaccination programme is completed in time. * In a s(...)

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy will channel Fantastic Mr Fox for the  opening number of The Late Late Toy Show 2020. The theme for the show is The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl. Photograph: Andres Poveda

It will be a Late Late Toy Show like no other in a year like no other. So many fixtures of the Irish calendar, the St Patrick’s Day parades, the Dubl(...)

Dr Catherine Day, chairwoman of the Citizens’ Assembly, says there is a feeling from the assembly  that gender equality is going backwards, not forwards. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The #MeToo and Waking the Feminists movements demonstrate how far women are from achieving gender equality, Dr Catherine Day has said. Dr Day, chairw(...)

 “I doubt there have been any actual ploughs in Boris Johnson’s life.” Photograph: Jack Hill/AFP

In the Methuen Book of Poems for Every Day, the month of October opens with a verse about ploughing. Well, sort of: It’s Patrick Kavanagh’s October, a(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf: ‘Lenders still have the discretion to extend payment breaks under their normal toolkit (for problem loans), but I think we’re now probably getting to the point where it’s starting to become more than a payment break.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Gabriel Makhlouf, the Central Bank of Ireland’s governor of 12 months, has not been immune to time taking on a whole new meaning in the world of Covid(...)

All data will be controlled by Tipperary GAA in line with data protection laws, using Future Ticketing and Amazon technology. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Tipperary GAA is teaming up with Irish technology company Future Ticketing to provide cashless entry to this year’s county hurling and football champi(...)

Electric Picnic 2019. This year almost 70,000 people were expected to attend. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

This year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, has been cancelled by its organisers due to the coronavirus pandemic. A statement posted(...)

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