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Smith launches 79th National Ploughing Championships

Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today officially launched the 79th National Ploughing Championships.  This year's championships will take place on Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd September in Cardenton, Athy, Co. Kildare, the site of last year's very successful event.

In addition to our own National Championships, Ireland is also hosting the 27th European Reversible Ploughing Contest for the very first time in Athy.   Minister Smith said that "the timing is perfect, given the fact that our own John Whelan won last year's competition which was held in the Czech Republic".

He went on to say that  "I would like to express my sincere thanks to the local community here in Cardenton and in particular to the Fennin and Fox families who will host the Championships again this year, following on from last year's great success".

The Minister concluded by thanking Anna May McHugh and her organising committee for all their efforts in organising this year's event.  He also wished the exhibitors and the competitors at this year's Championships a successful three days and wished all the visitors to the event a safe and enjoyable time at what is one of the highlights of the farming calendar.

Date Released: 06 September 2010