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-(...)

 A programme of online activities including virtual content promoting exhibitors is planned for Ploughing Week this year between September 15th and 17th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Ploughing Trade Exhibition and World Contest, due to take place in Co Laois this September, has been cancelled due to a lack of clarity over Covid(...)

Samara Ward, winner of last year’s National Brown Bread Baking Competition.

Forget sourdough. Bake a loaf of traditional brown bread instead and it could win you a cash prize of at least €15,000. The annual National Brown Bre(...)

Anna May McHugh poses at the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh,  Co Carlow. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The only clouds on the horizon on the second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow came in the shape of Brexit and beef, and were i(...)

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(...)

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