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NPA assistant managing director Anna Marie McHugh, with  Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon and NPA chairman PJ Lynam, at the launch of the 2016   championships to be held at Screggan, Tullamore. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

The 85th annual National Ploughing Championships, which takes place later this month in Offaly, is expected to be one of the largest to date. The thr(...)

Outstanding in their field: last year’s ploughing championship attracted more than 281,000 attendees

The company behind the National Ploughing Championships, Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show, reported accumulated profits(...)

Actors run past a newly repainted  post box as part of an An Post 1916 centenary project. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Ten post boxes in Dublin city have had their signature green colour repainted red for an An Post initiative to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan with Christy Doherty of FBD and the first prize Belgian Blue Heifer at the Tullamore Show at the official launch of the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

Poor Charlie Flanagan. As a Minister he must be fairly used to posing for photographs of varying degrees of ridiculousness but everywhere he turned at(...)

Letters on their way to Santa in the North Pole

Santa Claus will make a flying visit to Dublin on Thursday to help An Post deliver responses to more than 140,000 letters sent to him at the North Pol(...)

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(...)

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

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(...)

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