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(...)

A record 300,000 people expected to attend this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of overseas buyers attending this year’s National Ploughing Championships, which takes place in Tullamore next month, has more than doubled(...)

Edward Allen and Les Hanbridge from Wicklow, compete in the Special Horse Class on the last day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson

As you drive into Screggan for the 85th National Ploughing Championships, the promotional blimps in the blue sky look like something from a science fi(...)

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