The Roscommon Ploughing Association has expressed its thanks to all those who have helped make this year’s event possible.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event, Treasurer Martina Beirne thanked this year’s hosts, the McDermotts, adding that it was important that funding and financial contributions were put back into the community.
She said the committee was engaging with local businesses and thanked them for their support, urging those present to “please support the businesses who support us”.
The aim of this year’s championships, she said, was to send Roscommon representatives forward for All-Ireland competitions while keeping the event itself “low-cost for families to enjoy”.
She said it was important to maintain the traditional side of what is the first agricultural event of the year and highlighted Gerry Browne’s garden exhibit this Sunday.
The treasurer said it was important to encourage new participants while involving younger people and creating a better gender balance. She said she had also written to businesses personally in order to highlight what is on offer this weekend.
On behalf of the committee, Martina Beirne thanked Rattigan’s Pub for hosting the launch and for their financial support as well as association members, volunteers, stewards and those in the local community for their help ahead of Sunday’s event.