Nearly a quarter of a million people attended Ploughing 2018 in Offaly

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Nearly a quarter of a million people attended Ploughing 2018 in Offaly

As the dust settles in Screggan this evening, the total attendance figure for the 2018 National Ploughing Championships has been revealed at 240,700 over the 3 days.

A more relaxed mood was reportes today with visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves on the final day of this year’s Ploughing Championships. Friday had been added after Storm Ali caused the cancellation of Day 2 on Wednesday.     

Speaking at the close of business, Ms Anna Marie McHugh said, “We are delighted with the overall attendance figure this year, particularly given the unprecedented natural event of storm Ali causing the postponement of the event on Wednesday."

"With true Irish spirit and resilience the exhibitors, contractors, service providers, NPA team and local volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that the site was up and ready for business on Thursday morning.  And all attendees really appreciated the additional day today to exhibit and visit again.”

James Lutrell from Portlaoise was the worthy winner of the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed Gentleman’ competition, he will receive a prize of a stay in the exclusive Wineport Lodgenestled on the banks of Lough Ree, in Athlone County Westmeath, plus a bespoke custom-made suit sponsored by Master Tailor himself, Louis Copeland.

The NPA would like to wish everyone a safe journey home and thank you for your contribution in making #Ploughing18 a most memorable event.