The National Ploughing Championships is undoubtedly one of the most successful social and industrial events of the year.
While Arthur’s Day came in for a lot of criticism this year, there is no denying that the ploughing championships is a great event for people of all ages and backgrounds, especially of course people from a rural heritage.
The three-day show at Ratheniska in county Laois attracted a record 228,000 visitors and the managing director of the National Ploughing Association Anna May McHugh said that next year the event will return to the same venue.
“We knew that we were in the crossroads of Ireland here and we were between two major motorways and that in itself would be an invitation for people to come,” she said.
Very good. But what about moving it round? Last year, there were strong rumours that it would be held at Richardstown near Ardee.
We have a motorway. We have easy access to all the people from the North, the midlands, and most of Leinster.
And there are motorways all over the country now.
But it seems that the ploughing event is going the same way as the Fleadh Ceoil was going: the same venue every year. In the of the same part of the country.
It took the fleadh organisers years to move the event around.
But then it could be all politics and business interest.
Visitors to this year’s National Ploughing Championships managed to go through 2,000 litres of ice cream, 15,000 glasses of orange juice, 70,000 sausages and 38,400 hundred slices of artisan pizza.