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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 23 February, 2019
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Over 50,000 brave the mud and rain for National Ploughing Championships

The event held at New Ross in Wexford was also attended by President Michael D Higgins.

Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

ORGANISERS OF THE 2012 National Ploughing Championships have said that the intense rivalry remained high on day one of the competition despite rain and slightly-lower attendance figures.

This time last year, about 66,000 people turned up for the first day of the event.

Anna May McHugh said they were “extremely pleased” with the turnout given the inclement weather. She said larger crowds are expected in the coming days.

President Michael D Higgins took to the ploughing plots earlier today to examine the conditions and meet with the under-21 entrants. He said the competition has been a powerful reminder of what is real and what is possible in recent years.

What I admire most about the National Ploughing Championship is that it is based on an old rural tradition, and yet it has grown in scale and relevance over the years. It is an outstanding example of the Irish genius – a unique ability to maintain tradition – adaptable and innovative. The massive attendance at, and professional management of, the Championship is something that emphasises the special place land and its care, and every aspect of rural Ireland, have in our hearts and our history.

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Gardai have advised anyone driving to the event over the next two days to follow the recommended routes.

Motorists coming from Dublin on the M50 should use the M11 to Enniscorthy/Wexford Road.

Those using the M9 southbound are advised not to continue to Waterford as this may lead to traffic congestion due to anticipated heavy volumes of traffic travelling to the event from the Munster region.

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