Ploughing Championships Underway In Co Carlow

Some 250,000 visitors are expected in County Carlow over the next three days for the National Ploughing Championships which began on Tuesday.

The biggest outdoor event in Europe, President Michael D Higgins will officially open the championship in Ballintrane this afternoon.

It takes place as blockades of meat plants continue, an issue expected to be the main topic of conversation at the event, while the agricultural sector is also bracing itself for the impact of Brexit.

The actual competition will be held on a 200-acre ploughing field, while thousands travel to browse the many trade stands.


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