Speedy way to see Ploughing Championships

A “GREENER” and easier way to travel to next week’s National Ploughing Championships at Athy, Co Kildare is on offer from Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann.

Special promotional day return fares are available from Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Ennis, Galway, Westport, Dublin and Waterford, which include bus transfers direct to the Ploughing Championship at Cardenton.

For example, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, trains leaving Cork at 5.05am, 6.30am, 7.30am and 8.30am will arrive at Portarlington in less than two and a half hours.

Passengers are then transferred to the Ploughing by bus, included in the return fares for adults from €30, and for children from €20.

Return trains leave Portarlington from 4.30 to 6.45pm.

See www.irishrail.ie for details and booking.

The Ploughing Championships open at 9am each day. Ploughing competitions – including the European Reversible Ploughing Contest for the first time – run from 10.30am to 2.30pm, but a host of other attractions are on the programme.

They include more than 1,100 trade stands (including state agencies, national radio stations and sporting associations); live entertainment; displays from vintage ploughs to sheep shearing to boxing; a huge livestock show; a forestry village; a bio-energy show; the lifestyle village; food fair; craft centre; and the educational/business arcade.

Fashion shows, food halls, bars, and live music, equestrian competitions, vintage threshing, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and sheaf tossing are among the other activities to keep 200,000 visitors happy.


Lifestyle

Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner