Keeping it grounded is the key to Ploughing’s success

The National Ploughing Championships, now a huge international event, expects to greet a quarter of a million guests this year

Anna Marie McHugh, assistant managing director, and her mother Anna May McHugh, managing director,

The duo behind rural Ireland’s biggest event have said the secret of its success is that they “talk to people on the ground” and remain in touch with the grassroots.

Starting this Tuesday, the three-day National Ploughing Championships 2019 are expected to attract about 250,000 people. The event will take place in Ballintrane, Co Carlow, with 1,700 exhibitors and 16 sponsors.

At its launch, National Ploughing Association managing director Anna May McHugh said ...