Accounts filed by the National Ploughing Association of Ireland Company Ltd show pretax losses at the company were €494,370 in the 12 months to the end of January 31st. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The impact of Storm Ali last year sent pretax losses soaring to almost €500,000 at the company which operates the National Ploughing Championships. T(...)

 Emma Ferguson  and son Paddy  after winning  the National Brown Bread Baking Competition at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Bread-baking enthusiasts, assemble! The search is on for the best home-baked brown bread in Ireland. Details of this year’s National Brown Bread Baki(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has a ‘go’ at  vintage horse-drawn ploughing at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There are essentially two methods of herding. One involves a marriage of skill, obedience and love between man and dog. The result is that a clutch o(...)

Here's one I made earlier ... Emma Ferguson with three-week-old son Paddy and her winning loaf

Emma Ferguson, a mother of three from Rathmolyon, Co Meath, is the winner of the National Brown Bread Baking Competition. Her loaf will go on sale in (...)

The wind blowing hard at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore Co Offaly. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

The decision wasn’t taken lightly, but it had to be done. As Storm Ali continued to batter Screggan in Co Offaly on Wednesday morning, the organiser(...)

Masters in their field: John Whelan and Eamonn Tracey

A county Carlow man has won first place at the World Ploughing Contest in Germany. Eamonn Tracey took the top prize in the conventional class at the(...)

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy of Major Equipment International, which employs 100 people and has a turnover of €15 million.

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy learned their respective trades elsewhere before returning to the family business in the mid-Noughties. The sisters, no(...)

 Stefanie Preissner’s earning from ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’ qualified for artists’ tax exemptions.

Ploughing supremo Anna May McHugh, former minister Alan Shatter and a sculptor who made fighter Conor McGregor a chess board out of plumbing supplies (...)

Competitors ploughing fields at last year’s championship in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The three-day National Ploughing Championships begin today in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Food fairs, motor shows, fashion shows and sheep dog tr(...)

Anna May McHugh pictured at  the National Ploughing Association’s headquarters in Ballylynan in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anna May McHugh is a conundrum. The long-serving director of the National Ploughing Association (NPA) doesn’t ever read books, but has just had her au(...)

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