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National Ploughing Championship

The National Ploughing Championships is one of Europe’s largest outdoor exhibitions and agricultural Trade Shows.

The first National Ploughing Championship took place between County Wexford and County Kildare in 1931, since then this has been extended to over 800 acres. Over the years it’s become a national phenomenon that draws crowds from across Ireland and beyond. Although the "Ploughing Match" competition is the main event each year, where expert international ploughmen pit their skills against one another, it’s also a massive trade show and the largest outdoor event of its kind in Europe.

What to expect from the National Ploughing Championships

Exhibitions vary from livestock and machinery to trade stalls, craft stalls, vintage and classic motors, fashion shows, interior design and art exhibitions. The festival attracts on average over 1,500 exhibitors and 280,000 visitors from Ireland and all over the world.

Showcasing Irish food, farming and culture, this event incorporates all sectors of agriculture and rural living from the latest development in agri. machinery to a comprehensive showcase of livestock breeds, animal husbandry and management, motors, forestry, bio-energy, business management and regulatory bodies.

The event also provides a boost for the local community. By hosting the 2017 National Ploughing Championships event, Screggan in County Offaly is once again set to receive a €40 million boost to the local economy.

Visit for more information. Or, view our brochures here and here for details of the event schedules and directions to the venue.

Book a Hotel near the National Ploughing Championships

With hundreds of thousands of visitors, hotels for the National Ploughing Championship are in high demand. The Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is proud to offer accommodation to exhibitors, competitors and visitors alike. Our hotel is just a 30 minutes’ drive from the event, and offers modern comforts, renouned dining experiences, and a fully equipped leisure centre with a swimming pool.

Avail of our special offers and book your stay at Maldron Hotel Portlaoise here.

For further information on any of our offers call Maldron Hotel Portlaoise on (057) 8695900 or email