National Ploughing Championships


National Ploughing Championships
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The Irish National Ploughing Championships take place each year in the month of September. The 2012 Championships will be held at Heathpark, New Ross, Co. Wexford. The 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. Therefore 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. Within this, the site now requires 220 acres for ploughing, 80 acres for trade stands and exhibition space, 400 acres of car parking and a demonstration area of approximately 25 acres. Since its inception, the National Ploughing Championships has become much more than just an annual inter-county competition; it has become an intrinsic part of Irish rural life.

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The National Championships is now 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, Financial Services, Bio Energy and Agri Service. Along with this, there are many entertainment and special events taking place. Some of these include: Fashion Shows, Celebrity Guests, Sheep Dog Trials, Loy Digging, All Ireland Lamb Shearing, Most Appropriately Dressed Lady & Gent Competitions, Craft Demonstrations, Meggers, Celebrity Cookery Demonstrations, Outdoor Radio Broadcasts and much more. With all this happening, the yearly championships usually attracts in excess of 1100 exhibitors and up to 190,000 visitors.

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List of locations by year

The following is a complete list of competition locations:

Year Location
1931 Athy
1932 Gorey
1933 Clondalkin
1934 Athenry
1935 Mallow
1936 Tullamore
1937 Greystones
1938 Carlow
1939 Killarney
1940 Thurles/Kilkenny
1941 Cork
1942 Cloghan (Dublin)
1943 Portlaoise
1944 Ballinasloe
1945 Tipperary
1946 Balbriggan
1947 Maynooth
1948 Limerick
1949 Drogheda
1950 Bandon
1951 Wexford
1952 Athenry
1953 Mullingar
1954 Cahir
1955 Athy (Silver Jubilee)
1956 Nenagh
1957 Boyle, County Carlow
1958 Tramore
1959 Carlow
1960 New Ross
1961 Killarney
1962 Thurles
1963 Athenry
1964 Kilkenny
1965 Enniskerry, County Wicklow
1966 Wexford
1967 Tullow, County Carlow
1968 Mallow, County Cork
1969 Rockwell College, Cashel, County Tipperary
1970 Kilkenny
1971 Finglas, County Dublin
1972 Rockwell College, Cashel, County Tipperary
1973 Wellingtonbridge, County Wexford
1974 Watergrasshill, County Cork
1975 Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny
1976 Wells, Gorey, County Wexford
1977 Rockwell College, Cashel, County Tipperary
1978 Knocktopher, County Kilkenny
1979 Watergrasshill, County Cork
1980 Cashel, County Tipperary
1981 Wexford
1982 Edenderry
1983 Waterford
1984 Ardfert, County Kerry
1985 Kilkea, County Kildare
1986 Woodsgift, County Kilkenny
1987 Charleville Estate, Tullamore
1988 Oak Park Research Centre, Carlow
1989 Oak Park Research Centre, Carlow
1990 Oak Park Research Centre, Carlow
1991 Crecora, County Limerick
1992 Carrigtwohill, Midleton, County Cork
1993 Shanballyard, Clerihan, Clonmel
1994 Drumgold, Enniscorthy
1995 Ballacolla, County Laois
1996 Oak Park Research Centre, Carlow
1997 Parkmore, Fiveally, Birr, County Offaly
1998 Ballycarney, Ferns, County Wexford
1999 Castletownroche, Mallow
2000 Ballacolla, County Laois
2001 Cancelled because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
2002 Ballacolla, County Laois
2003 Ballinabrackey, County Meath
2004
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Grangeford, Friarstown, Tullow, County Carlow
2005 Mogeely, Castlemartyr, County Cork
2006 Grangeford, Friarstown, Tullow, County Carlow
2007 Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, County Offaly
2008 Burnchurch, Cuffesgrange, County Kilkenny
2009 Cardenton, Athy, County Kildare
2010 Cardenton, Athy, County Kildare
2011 Cardenton, Athy, County Kildare
2012 Heathpark, New Ross, County Wexford

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