Ploughing championships pull in record attendance

The number of people attending this year's National Ploughing Championships has broken all records.

Ploughing championships pull in record attendance

The number of people attending this year's National Ploughing Championships has broken all records.

Almost 230,000 people visited the three day event in Ratheniska near Stradbally in Co Laois.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the guest of honour on the third and final day of the 2013 Ploughing Championships in Co Laois, which are drawing to a close this evening.

A recording breaking 228,000 people turned out in Ratheniska near Stradbally since Tuesday morning - 43,000 more than last year's figure.

"We knew that we're in the cross roads of Ireland here, and we're in between two major motorways … [and] the weather was a major, major factor," said Anna May McHugh, Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association.

The organisers confirmed this evening that next year's event will also take place in Ratheniska.

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