Ploughing championships to be held this Sunday

Excitement is building in Ballinaheglish ahead of this year’s Roscommon Ploughing Championships, which will be held this Sunday, the 5th of May, in Ballinaheglish by kind permission of Paddy Beirne and family (F42Y436). This year, it’s the 30th annual hosting of the event.

Competitors are asked to start arriving at 9 am to check in, before starting off the competition at 12 noon. All classes of ploughing competition will feature, and the championships will include senior and junior categories for the usual tractor, horse, and vintage competitions, as well as a loy digging competition.

While the ploughing forms the main core of the event, the day in Ballinaheglish is also set to feature other agricultural activities, exhibits, and entertainment, as well as a number of kids’ events and attractions. Talented local singers will also be performing live and there will be an outdoor dancing floor.

The trade fair and ever-popular craft village will be popular attractions, and Roscommon Hunt will be showcasing a skills demonstration for the public. Various Roscommon vintage clubs will also be present, as well as other enthusiasts interested in the preservation and restoration of old machinery and memorabilia. The Garda Mounted Support unit will also be present.