World Ploughing for Laois

The National Ploughing Championships will return to Ratheniska, Co Laois, in two weeks as it is held for the first time since 2019.

An additional draw at this year's event will be the World Ploughing Championships. This competition had been set to take place in Russia, but was cancelled when the war in Ukraine began.

At a preview event on the 900-acre site today, Anna May McHugh - the managing director of the National Ploughing Association - said she and her team are looking forward to the arrival of 300,000 visitors from across Ireland and abroad for the event between 20-22 September. Over 1,700 stands make up the tented city that has sprung up on the site in recent weeks.

There is also a particular emphasis on sustainability at this year’s event with all on-site electricity being generated using recycled vegetable oil. Solar power street lighting and extensive recycling are also being deployed.