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Running from the 17th September to the 19th Septmeber and based in Fenagh, Co Carlow, The National Ploughing Championships or is an outdoor agricultural show in Ireland incorporating a ploughing contest. Held every September, it draws over 1,500 exhibitors and achieves attendances of over 280,000.
The NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh was delighted to announce yesterday evening at the ‘Ploughing Prizewinners Banquet’ that the 88th National Ploughing Championships will be held on a superb, centrally located site in Co Carlow from September 17th to 19th.
The site was confirmed as the ideal location for the 2019 Championships at the prize-giving ceremony attended by over 500 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Speaking after the announcement the NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said “We are delighted to be staging the event in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow, as the site has all of the criteria to qualify it as an excellent place to stage next year’s ‘Ploughing’.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Offaly for all of the goodwill and support for the last three successful years, when the event was held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Announcing Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow as the venue for Ploughing 2019 are Landowners with Anna May McHugh, NPA Managing Director; Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council Brian O’Donoghue; Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council and Carlow ploughmen Eamonn Treacy (World Conventional champion) and John Treacy at the Ploughing Banquet and Awards in Tullamore, Sunday 7th October 2018. [Picture: Alf Harvey]
Anna May McHugh also congratulated all of the winners who were awarded at the prize-giving ceremony, and commented “that all of the hard work and training throughout the year has truly paid off so you should all truly enjoy your triumphs.”
Current World Ploughing Conventional Champion Winner Eamonn Tracey from Carlow will again represent Ireland in next year’s World Ploughing Contest in the USA. And silver medal winner John Whelan from Wexford will take part in the Reversible Class.