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(...)

Ploughing: Large Crowds on the last day of the championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was a record year for numbers attending the National Ploughing Championships. Despite the general mood of gloom in the farming community and incl(...)

A competition at last year’s National Ploughing Championships, in Ratheniska, Co Laois. This year’s event is in Screggan, Co Offaly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The new venue at Screggan, 5km outside Tullamore, brings challenges for the the organisers of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly which (...)

“It started with ploughing. It’s grown beyond our expectations. We have no intention of growing the event larger than it is today,” says Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If you look at the list of exhibitors at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, you will find the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcem(...)

Competitors on the third and final day of Ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships will be held in Ratheniska, near Stradbally, Co Laois for the third year in a row next year, the National Ploughi(...)

 A section of the large crowd this week at the ploughing championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The papal nuncio is a fan. Russell Crowe knows all about it. National Geographic lists it as one of Ireland’s top 10 must-see events. In a country whe(...)

Anna May McHugh, director of the National  Ploughing Championships, watches the start of the Parade of Tractors on the final day of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships ended on a high last night, after attracting 279,500 people over three days.The event, which was held at Ratheni(...)

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another record was broken at the National Ploughing Championships today when it attracted its largest ever crowd of 124,500 people and got the seal of(...)

 Competitors in the under-40 horse ploughing  at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The second day of the National Ploughing Championships got underway in brilliant sunshine at Ratheniska, Co Laois this morning and it is on track to a(...)

Micheal Keegan, who renovated the tractor belonging to his grandfather Charlie Keegan who won the World Ploughing competition in 1964. At the wheel is daughter Nelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A 50-year-old green tractor will take pride of place at the National Ploughing Championships in Co Laois on the National Ploughing Association’s stand(...)

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