Traffic plans for big ploughing event

Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association ANNA MAY McHUGH at a reception for the championships at Johnstown Castle last week with CLLR LISA McDONALD, Cathaoirleach Rosslare District Council and CLLR GER CARTHY.

By Dan Walsh

The National Ploughing Championships is Europe’s largest outdoor agricultural trade exhibition attracting an estimated 300,000 visitors over three days and the 2022 renewal takes place at Ratheniska, Co. Laois, Tuesday to Thursday, this week.

Cathaoirleach of the Rosslare Municipal District, Cllr Lisa McDonald welcomed ploughers from Germany, France, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as many other countries to Johnstown Castle last week ahead of the upcoming World Ploughing Championships.

Also welcomed at Johnstown Castle was Anna May McHugh, affectionately known as “the ploughing queen”, Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association who first started working at the championships in 1952.

Roads from Wexford via Carlow will be busy with heavy traffic attending the championships and An Garda Siochana has issued some advice for motorists.

“With large crowds expected to attend we would advise all those travelling to the event to allow additional journey time, follow directional signage and instructions of Gardaí along the routes and enjoy your day.    

Traffic Management Plan:

Gardaí are advising motorists to:

  • Identify and follow the traffic management plan for your best route to the event.
  • Follow event signage (route and carpark). 
  • Do not follow directions on Sat Nav devices, the specific routes are available on your Sat Nav using this link
  • Follow the directions of Gardaí and stewards.
  • If you have a vehicle pass make sure it is clearly displayed on the front window.

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