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Here’s one for the bucket list: Ireland’s National Plowing Championship

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Plowing for Saint Paddy

There are many reasons to visit Ireland. Country of such rich culture, beautiful people and…The National Plowing Festival! Before you scoff, with an attendance of almost 300,000 this is more than a few guys and their tractors churning up suds. Every year around September the locals of County Laois roll out the welcome mat.

When the party comes to Ratheniska

More than just ploughing, we’re actually talking about a livestock show and machinery exhibition, too. More than 1,700 exhibitors vie for attention with implements, products or services and the vibe is one of fun with an undertone of serious networking and deals being, well, unearthed. See the food court for food and drink to satisfy all.

Networking opportunities abound. From structuring a deal with international trade delegations to investigating agricultural products & services, it’s all available. As a visitor, you can also marvel at the displays, shows, and demonstrations or simply soak in the atmosphere. In typical Irish fashion food, drinks, music and cheer are in no short supply.

Three days of frenetic activity, fun and opportunity

This may be the last thing you’d expect as a destination. But as you’ve seen this is where the doers do, and where the vibe buzzes non-stop for three days. Come for the ploughing, stay for the party. In recent years this event has also hosted the World Ploughing Championships, more reason to come and see.