The National Ploughing Championships are underway with limited attendance

By Fiona Frawley

September 15, 2021 at 12:24pm


Forget about the Met Gala, this is the event of the year.

We've no doubt Kim K would be there with bells on if she could find black wellies to match her outfit from Sunday.

In 2019 the popular event was attended by almost 100,000 people each day, but in the interest of public health, attendance this year is limited to 1,000 people per day for the three days including participants.


After a year off in 2020 for obvious reasons, the Ploughing Championships kicked off this morning in Ratheniska, Co Laois "on a much scaled-back level", according to RTÉ. The championships are not open to the general public and the focus will be "purely on what made the event in the first place" with over 20 classes of ploughing events.

The limited attendance also means there won't be the boost to the local economy that usually comes with the Championships, but according to RTÉ the organisers have promised to return to Ratheniska in 2022, when conditions will hopefully allow for a larger event.

If you're wishing you could be in the thick of it this year, keep an eye on the National Ploughing Insta page, where you'll be able to keep an eye on the comings and goings of the 2021 Championships.

Header image via Instagram/nationalploughing

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