National Ploughing Championships
On September 14, 2017 An Post issued a stamp to celebrate the National Ploughing Championships.
The National Ploughing Championships is a huge agricultural show that takes place in different locations in Ireland every year in September. Remarkably it is one of the largest outdoor events in the world with over 1,700 exhibitors in 2016.
The first inter-county ploughing contest took place in 1931 as a result of an argument between two lifelong friends, Denis Allen of Gorey, Co Wexford and JJ Bergin of Athy, Co Kildare. Each argued that their respective counties had the best ploughmen. This resulted in a challenge being called for and on Monday February 16, 1931, the first National Ploughing contest took place in Mr W.K. Hosie’s field at Coursetown in Athy, Co. Kildare.
Today, the Ploughing Championships requires over 700 acres to accommodate what has become a festival, including a tented trade village, a food fair and a craft village, fashion shows, sheepdog trials, loy digging (manual ploughing), lamb shearing and cookery demonstrations. Aside from the ploughing itself, there are exhibitions and trade stands offering everything from new cars to pet food.
This issue celebrates the unique National Ploughing Championships with two beautiful stamps designed by Ger Garland.