The Chinese are coming. So are the New Zealanders, the British and many more international visitors. The 82nd National Ploughing Championships open th(...)

Mickey, Cormac and Cathal Mac Connell at the funeral of their brother, Seán Mac Connell, at the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral took place in Dublin yesterday of former Agricultural Correspondent of The Irish Times Seán Mac ConnellHis death earlier in the week at th(...)

Journalist Seán Mac Connell, who died yesterday morning aged 66. Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times, described him as “an outstanding journalist of his generation” and he said he was known in every corner of Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Politicians, farming figures and former media colleagues have paid warm tributes to former Irish Times agriculture correspondent Seán Mac Connell, who(...)

Jim Stanley looks on as Lydia Turley gives a kiss to his champion heifer at the launch of the National Ploughing Championships on the site in Ratheniska, Co Laois, yesterday. Photograph: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

It’s always an anxious time when visitors are coming but what do you do when more than 180,000 people are due to invade your farm in three weeks? The (...)

The scene at the National Ploughing Championships at Heathpark, New Ross, Co Wexford in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Stradbally will see another influx of wellies in three weeks time but this time their wearers will be talking about machinery instead of music.Ministe(...)

Anna Marie McHugh is the first woman to be appointed general secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish team has taken gold and bronze in the World Ploughing Championships in Canada while Northern Ireland has claimed a bronze medal.John Whelan(...)

Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In a high field on a farm just outside Carlow a woman in a bright red coat is scrutinising a corner of freshly ploughed earth. “Nice and straight, (...)

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