Ploughing Championships 2018 - What You Need To Know

Ploughing Championships 2018 - What You Need To Know

18 Sep 2018

The 87th edition of the National Ploughing Championships kicked off in County Offaly this morning, with 300,000 people due to attend over the three days.

From farming to fashion, there'll be plenty on display across the festival, and here's what you need to know.


Unlike many other festivals across the country, tickets can be bought at the gate at the Ploughing with adult tickets costing €20. 

It's €15 for senior citizens/students while children under 12 get in for free when with an adult.


In the same way as it always rains at the likes of EP, there'll definitely be wind and rain at this year's event with a national weather warning in place.

There is a status orange warning currently in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

Offaly isn't on the orange status list, but a yellow warning remains in place for the rest of the country.

Wellies and jackets at the ready!


The main exhibition area will be open from 9am to 6pm each day with events such as sheep shearing, sheep dog trials and even a national brown bread baking event.

Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry will be there on Wednesday to judge the National Dairy Council’s afternoon tea competition.

From radio stations, to the GAA, to Met Eireann, to every food stand you can think of, there are exhibitions for everyone... even we have a stand!