World Conventional Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey, Carlow (right) and World Silver Medalist in Reversible John Whelan, Wexford (left) with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh at Screggan Tullamore for the launch of the 2018 National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alf Harvey

With good weather and interest at an all-time high, the National Ploughing Championships looks likely to break records in Co Offaly later in September(...)