Record breaking 283,000 at most successful National Ploughing Championships ever

By Offaly Express Reporter


By Offaly Express Reporter


The total attendance figure for the 2016 National Ploughing Championships held in Screggan outside Tullamore came to a record breaking 283,000 over the three days.

The traffic flowed very well on all routes as 100,000 attended on Day 1, 111,000 on Day 2 and 72,000 on Day 3.

Speaking at the close of business, Ms Anna Marie McHugh said, “traffic to and from the site has been moving well all week and credit is due to An Garda Síochána in no small part and the traffic management plan in place. With the record numbers attending, everyone expected to meet some holdups, but the traffic was kept flowing at all times with only the very minimum of delays. We are delighted with the overall attendance figure this year."

The NPA MD Anna May McHugh said, “the NPA are delighted with how the 3 days of the event ran, and we are delighted to have signed an official 'Memorandum' partnership agreement with the New Zealand Fieldays Society to seal the special relationship between the National Ploughing Association and our counterpart, Fieldays, in the Southern hemisphere.”