PLOUGH ON! Our complete guide to the 2019 National Ploughing Championships
By COLIN BARTLEY
UP to 250,000 people are expected to descend upon a small village in neighbouring Carlow this week, for Europe’s largest agricultural show.
The National Ploughing Championships takes place this year in Ballintrane, Fenagh, county Carlow.
Now in its 88th edition, organisers say the event could top the records crowds seen last year when over 240,000 passed through the gates.
With the event being so close to Kilkenny, there will be knock-on effects for traffic in the county, delays are inevitable especially on the two planned routes through the county (see below).
Gardai have released some handy travel tips they want those attending to follow:
|1||Download the Garda Traffic App from their website – Don’t use SatNav or GPS|
|2||Read the traffic plan and route map carefully before leaving home|
|3||Check the car park colour indicated on your ticket and the route to follow|
|4||Allow lots of extra time for your journey|
|5||Heed the flying animals – Note the animal colour and number when you park your car|
|6||Place a pin of your car’s location in the car park to the map on your smartphone|
|7||If you have special passes – make sure they are clearly visible on the front windscreen before leaving for the championship|
|8||Give your car the once over – check your engine for oil and water.|
|9||Have your phones charged – bring a charging pack as a backup|
|10||Bring water and snacks for the journey – it could be warm in the traffic delays|
As part of the traffic plan put in place for the event, the N80 will be closed north of Ballon, between Kilnock and Graiguenaspiddogue, from now until to midday on Friday (20th).
The gardai will be closing both off-ramps of the M9 at J5 Carlow until Friday morning also.
The routes that affect Kilkenny people the most will be the Blue route and the Yellow route.
The Blue Route: affects Urlingford, Johnstown, Ballyragget, Kilkenny city, Paulstown, the M9
This route is designed for those traveling to and from Cork and the South West.
The Yellow Route: affects M9, Kilkenny city, Bennetsbridge, Gowran, Goresbridge
This route is designed for those travelling to and from Waterford and South Kilkenny.
The exhibitions arena opens each day at 9am and the ploughing competitions start at 10.30am and conclude at 2.30pm daily. Events each day finish up at 6pm.
Online tickets sales have now ended, but tickets can be bought at the gate – Adult tickets are €20, senior citizen and secondary school children tickets are € 15, children under 12 go free once accompanied by an adult.