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(...)

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(...)

 Rebecca Taylor, Nadine Kelly and Katie Flaherty all from Ballinasloe, Co Galway having fun in the rain at the Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Tom Honan

Beneath the branded blimps at the 86th Ploughing Championships, 87,000 people are soaked by the rain. People wander around in ponchos and cowboy hats(...)

Anna May McHugh pictured at  the National Ploughing Association’s headquarters in Ballylynan in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anna May McHugh is a conundrum. The long-serving director of the National Ploughing Association (NPA) doesn’t ever read books, but has just had her au(...)

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(...)

On the nose: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with ploughing champion Brian Mahon, Michelle Mahon and their baby daughter Chloe, from  Blueball, Co Offaly, at the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Screggan was awash with relieved sheep and anxious cows yesterday. The cattle were very uneasy. When the Taoiseach made that alarming announcement(...)

A scene from The Passion Play in Ballylinan, Co Laois. Photograph: The Passion Play/Facebook

Passions have been running so high for Ballylinan’s Passion Play that an extra performance has been added on Thursday.This is the sixth time the peopl(...)

John Mulhare as Jesus Christ during  rehearsals for the passion play in Ballylinan, Co Laois. Photograph: Alf Harvey/

Jesus reads his lines on his daily commute from Laois to Dublin. Mary Magdalene’s day job is organising the National Ploughing Championships. And e(...)

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(...)

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