25/09/2007

National Ploughing Championships Opens

The National Ploughing Championships opens today in Co Offaly.

The event, one of Europe's biggest agricultural shows, will be held on the 500-acre site at Annaharvey farm near Tullamore.

It is anticipated that the three-day event will attract up to 150,000 spectators from all over the country.

Disinfection measures have been put in place to prevent against foot and mouth and the livestock disease known as Bluetongue.

President Mary McAleese will attend the opening today and Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, is expected to attend tomorrow.

(LC/SP)

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