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In pictures: Day one of the National Ploughing Championships

The National Ploughing Championships got underway today, here are the pictures from day one.

WITH OVER 200,000 people set to arrive in Stradbally over the next three days, the excitement in Laois is at fever pitch.

The National Ploughing Championships are expected to bring in €36 million and is billed as the largest show of its type in Europe.

Today, the President Michael D Higgins opened the festival and the real business, the ploughing, got underway.

In pictures: Day one of the National Ploughing Championships
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    Two horses take a break.Source: Laura Hutton
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    President Michael D Higgins speaks to the media.Source: Laura Hutton
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    Caroline Fahy and her uncle Joe compete in the under 40 horse-plough class.Source: Laura Hutton
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    Jim Rochford from Wexford competes in the vintage 2 furrow trailer plough class..Source: Laura Hutton
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    Kevin Doran and his daughter Toni compete in the under 40 horse plough class.Source: Laura Hutton
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    Judging is tough at the competition.Source: Laura Hutton
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    Eamon Meade from Laois who is competing in the 3 furrow conventional match plough class.Source: Laura Hutton
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    Jim Rochford from Wexford competes in the vintage 2 furrow trailer plough class.Source: Laura Hutton
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    President Michael D Higgins chats with Benny Greene from Ratheniska, who is competing in the Under 28 Conventional Plough Class.Source: Laura Hutton

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