National Ploughing Championships 2017

National Ploughing Championships 2017

TY Visit to the Ploughing Championships. Our whole year group went to The National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly on the 21st September. We were very lucky with the weather as it didn’t rain while we were there!

When we first arrived we were surrounded by 1,000’s of stalls.  There were so many different types of stalls, some of these being food, livestock, forestry, education and Bio Energy and Agriculture stalls.  A lot of well-known companies had stalls such as Spin 1038, Lidl and Aldi.  Most of us got plenty of free items from them!  If you wandered enough you would find cows and sheep for sale.  Our task was to complete a worksheet and one of the questions required us to ask farmers a couple questions.  So, we all got to talk to some farmers about Brexit and about the ploughing.  We got to see some of the ploughing (including the horse drawn ploughing!)  We got the time to wander and experience Europe’s largest outdoor event.  Our visiting Spanish students had just arrived so they got to sample a unique part of Irish culture.  Some of us were very happy to find a couple of amusement rides near the ploughing!  Overall, I think we all had a wonderful time at the Ploughing Championships this year and for some, it was a new experience.

By Fleur Cahill & Ciara Daly 4L




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