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(...)

Models on a 1967 Nuffield tractor at Ratheniska, Co Laois. The 2014 National Ploughing Championships will be held there this month. Photograph: Alf Harvey

The mud has hardly dried on the boots that returned from the Electric Picnic but Stradbally is already bracing itself for a much bigger influx of visi(...)

Anna Marie McHugh, appointed general secretary last year of the World Ploughing Organisation, the first woman to hold this role

All eyes may have been on Kilkenny and Tipperary in Croke Park yesterday but Carlow and Wexford stole a march on them by coming first and third in th(...)

Anna May McHugh: “In terms of interior design, I just like to keep it as nice as I can.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

‘I live about four miles from the town of Athy in Co Laois. I live on a farm that my husband, John McHugh, bought in 1963 from an uncle of his.(...)

Revellers at Electric Picnic 2013 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

If you awoke Celine Dion violently in the middle of the night while wearing a balaclava, making threatening demands that she leave the country with yo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visiting the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Scarcely 10 minutes at the ploughing and Enda Kenny had already put his foot in it. The photographers surged forward. “Lads, lads – keep away from the(...)

Bernie MacCarthy from  Kilbeggan, WestMeath, competing in the Farmerette Conventional Plough Class, at the National Ploughing Championships, at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Ploughing Championships drew its largest ever crowd on a single day yesterday, with well over 90,000 people going through the turnstiles (...)

President Michael D Higgins with Brendan Greene of  Ratheniska at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

in RatheniskaHelping young farmers to access land is the greatest challenge facing modern agriculture, President Michael D Higgins said at the opening(...)

 John Kirby from  Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and Shane McHugh from Co  Leitrim, prepare livestock for display at the National Ploughing Championships, at Ratheniska , Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

All roads are leading to Stradbally today where President Michael D Higgins opened the 82nd National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, outside th(...)

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