Outrage Among Farmers After Ploughing Championships 2016 Moved To Dublin


A DARK cloud fell over this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, as news of plans to move the event to Dublin city center spread among attendees.

The National Ploughing Championships, sometimes simply referred to as “the ploughing”, is the largest annual agricultural gathering in Ireland, and traditionally takes place in a rural area with ample space for the hundreds of display tents and meeting areas as well as acres of unspoiled land suitable for competitive ploughing.

The announcement that next year’s event will take place in the RDS in Dublin has sparked widespread allegations of foul play, with many ploughing stalwarts rising up against the “HSE and GAA mentality” that suggests every single major event in the country must take place in Dublin, even if it makes no sense to do so.

“They’re taking an event with 1,500 trade stalls and an attendance of over a quarter of a million, and putting it indoors in an arena that holds 20,000 people and no tractors,” said one farmer, who was angry to begin with even before he heard the announcement.

“That’s typical of this country: they see something that attracts a huge crowd, and rather than keep it somewhere that everyone can access without too much trouble, they ship it all up to Dublin because they think Dublin is the center of the fucking universe”.

Members of the NPA were unavailable for comment.