The very first inter county ploughing contest took place in 1931 as a result of an argument between two lifelong friends, Denis Allen of Gorey, County Wexford and JJ Bergin of Athy, County Kildare. Each argued that their respective counties had the best ploughmen. This resulted in a challenge being called for.
On Monday 16th of February 1931, the first National Ploughing contest took place in Mr W.K. Hosie's field at Coursetown in Athy. Since then, the National Ploughing Championships has grown in size, year on year. It has expanded from requiring a small field of 26 acres to needing over 700 acres of land today.
The National Championships is no longer just for ploughing or machinery enthusiasts, the modern event now features something for just about every member of the community. These include a Tented Trade Village, a Food Fair, Craft Village, Livestock, Forestry, Education, Lifestyle, Motor Show, Financial Services, Bio Energy and Agri Service. There are also many entertainment and special events taking place, which include: Fashion Shows, Sheep Dog Trials, Lamb Shearing & Craft & Cookery demonstrations.
With all this happening, the yearly Championships usually attracts in excess of 1,700 exhibitors and up to 290,000 visitors.
20.00 Euros per day (Not included).
Morning departure from Pembroke Dock for the afternoon ferry. Arriving at the hotel for evening meal.
After breakfast, coach transfer to Screggan for The National Championships. Arrive back at the hotel for evening meal.
After breakfast, load the luggage on the coach. Coach transfer to The National Championships. Depart The National Championships at 3.00pm and make our way back to Rosslare for the evening crossing, stopping on route for refreshments (additional charge).
|Hotel:||Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow|
|Basis:||Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
|Price:||£250 per person|